A recent addition to the mandolin family, the bouzouki used in Celtic music is different to the familiar Greek version in that it has a flat back and is tuned similar to the octave mandolin/mandola.
The bouzouki has a longer string length, which allows for lighter stringing and makes it ideal for rhythm and accompaniment.
24 frets /640mm scale
Width at nut: 37mm
Strings : .042 .030 .017 .012
An 8 string instrument, which responds well to the following tunings:
G D A E
A D A E
A D A D
G D A D
Normally strung in pairs but 3rd and 4th courses can be supplied tuned in octaves similar to a 12 string guitar.
The bouzouki is also an ideal 2nd instrument for the acoustic guitarist looking for something different in terms of tuning, sound and chord voicing.