The Irish bouzouki Is a versatile instrument that can be tuned many ways (GDAD, GDAE, ADAD, and CFAD). It likely first appeared in 1969 when Irish musician Dónal Lunny was given a Greek bouzouki by a friend. Being left-handed, Lunny reversed the strings and mounted them in unison, changing the character of the instrument. This modified bouzouki became fully integrated into Irish folk music when Lunny popularized it in his band. The BZ-500 is fitted with octave strings for the third and fourth courses and unison strings for the first and second courses. It produces dramatic traditional Irish tone and is easy to play.
We inspect each an every instrument we ship out for maximum playability. We adjust the action and adjust intonation when needed. If you would like a specific adjustment, just add it to your order notes and we would be happy to adjust to your liking.
The exact appearance of new instruments vary. These photos may not be of the actual instrument you will be receiving. Actual photos available upon request.
Top: Solid Spruce
Back & Sides: Mahogany
Finish: Natural Gloss
Bridge: Ebony with Bone
Tuners: Sealed Guitar-Style
Truss Rod: Two-Way Adjustable
Hardware: Nickel Plated
Number of Frets: 23
Nut Width: 1-1/4″Bone
Scale Length: 26-1/4″
Weight: 4 lbs.
Strings: .016, .016, .018, .018, .035w, .016, .045w, .018
Electronics: Passive Pickup System
Hardshell Case Included
Important information if shipping outside of the USA:
Please note: To help insure the future availability of certain materials used in the construction of this instrument, additional fees and/or documentation may be required when shipping this item outside of the USA. This is due to the CITES treaty, which regulates international trade of certain materials like rosewood, abalone, and pearl. If you purchase this item to be shipped outside of the USA, we’ll determine whether the regulations apply to your order, and will contact you with more information if necessary