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8-String Guitar

If one wants to play music that has deep bass notes, one usually tunes the bass strings down. The same effect can be achieved, permanently, by simply lengthening the bass strings; this allows lower-pitched notes that sound full, and not muddy. Itís the same principle that operates in harp guitars.

This guitar, which was commissioned by artist Keola Beamer for such a musical use, is designed the way a lot of Baroque lutes were: these actually had a second head that extended past the primary one, so that the instrument could have longer bass strings.

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