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Bought in Thailand and then rusted quite thoroughly in Indonesia, the guitar found new life as an acoustic instrument with a sitar type resonator made from metal kitchen bowls, a drone tuning and a removable jiwari (buzzing ala sitar) bridge made from a chopstick. The bow is between the first and second strings behind the bridge but can be slid to the playing position where the wood has been carved out of the guitar. May be played like a guitar or upright like a cello. Fun.

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Comment by railroadDon on February 8, 2015 at 2:48am

very interesting my friend

Comment by Gregory Einar Turner on February 5, 2015 at 3:05am

You have to thread the bow through the first and second strings when you put the strings on. When you don't want to play it with a bow, you pull the bow hairs behind the nut. When you want to use the bow, lift up the first string and pull the bow forward to the carved out area on the body and bow away. Chinese Erhu, Korean spike fiddle, and Thai spike fiddles all have their bows set up like this, they just don't ever pull the bow behind the nut. I studied ethnomusicology from Park Mi Kyeong at Daegu graduate university in Korea. She was an expert on the music of Koran shamanism. I lived in Korea for 5 years and music stores on every corner had this configuration.

Comment by Ted Crocker on February 4, 2015 at 8:23pm

WOW Greg, this blows my mind!!!  Gotta love and appreciate creative genius.

Explain to us what the bow does.

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