Ancient Music

The Lap Bass


    The traditional bass guitar carries only four strings which are tuned one octave below the lower four strings of the standard guitar tuning. It is fairly long (42' OVERALL).

    This instrument was built to satisfy the needs of a Hammered Dulcimer player who needed to be able to play it on his lap while seated at the dulcimer. This required the very narrow body. In order to achieve the weight needed to get heavy strings to ring properly, the body was machined out of a Hiwaian wood called Pao Loupi which is very dense and heavy. It has an electronic pickup buried behind the leaves of the tree.

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