My interest in Greek bouzouki construction grew out of necessity. My first “bouzouki,” if you could call it that, was purchased during a family trip to Greece. Like most young bouzouki enthusiasts, this first instrument was purchased in the Monastiraki region of Athens, Greece, at the foot of the Acropolis. Monastiraki is a tourist area – loaded with shops selling tourist souvenirs.
Like all such instruments it was poorly made, with low quality materials, and hardly even suited for hanging on the wall. That particular model had a fiberglass body, and the frets were installed right into the neck (no fretboard). The entire instrument was covered with black paint and the decoration was painted on. It was nearly impossible to play, and was a discouraging instrument for a beginning player. Read More
My latest bouzouki, H Agia Aikaterini, is complete. See Gallery for pictures.
The Bouzouki Construction Blog has pictures and a description of the process of creating my latest bouzouki.
H Melissa, a tzoura, recently appeared in Fine Woodworking Magazine. See it online, Fine Woodworking.