A 9 string “Terz” Guitar, commissioned by Peter Rueffer
Scale length : 62cm
Frets : 22
Fingerboard : Ebony, 80mm at nut, 93mm at 12th fret
Soundboard : Spruce
Body : Indian rosewood
Tuners : Nicolo Alessi
Peter’s brief was for me to design and build a guitar with a regular
complement of 6 strings, but tuned G to G, and an additional 3 lower
bass strings, to be tuned as deemed necessary. Ideally it should also
have a cutaway to improve access to those upper frets. This had
developed from a desire to be able to play music written for lute
without transposition, and after examining various “Alt” guitar designs.
From the design point of view the instrument presented a number of
interesting challenges, like choosing a viable scale length, choosing
body and top plate resonances that would best suit the tuning of the
instrument, and then determining the body dimensions that would
hopefully deliver them! Oh, and most importantly, it had to look good
and be comfortable to play.
Things worked out quite well I think, but Peter’s the man to ask.
Actually I think he’s pretty chuffed with it. Overall a most enjoyable