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Prerequisite
10-12-2011, 02:41 PM
I'm starting to sort of wander outside of guitar territory, musically speaking. I've been starting to learn lap-steel on my friend's lap steel guitar, and I've just discovered 12 string MandoGuitars - those things are sweet, I'm GASing for one. Does anyone know of anything similar to a guitar but with a different sound?

FuzzGazer
10-12-2011, 02:44 PM
Chapman Stick (http://www.stick.com/)

http://www.stickcenter.com/Interview/Levin/3Tony%20Levinx.jpg

sgv
10-12-2011, 02:57 PM
Banjo, Tenor guitar, Lute, Oud, Steve Vai's Triple-neck heart guitar...

Dave Klausner
10-12-2011, 03:18 PM
Godin Glissentar

http://www.godinguitars.com/godinglissentarp.htm

Sweetfinger
10-12-2011, 03:44 PM
If the OP really does live in a pineapple under the sea, they need an Ukulele. Probably several!
If you're branching out from guitar, anything with strings and frets are fair game- Octave mandolins, mandola, mandocello, bouzoukis, saz, tenor guitars, plectrum guitars, banjos, cuatros, tiple, balalaika. The list is just about half done! You can string 'em backwards or alter the tunings to be more guitar friendly, too.

Jahn
10-12-2011, 03:52 PM
http://images.esellerpro.com/2225/I/292/4/medSBUPOFT.jpg

Kidding aside, how about a harp guitar?

http://larryharwin.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/knutsen-harp-guitar-family.jpg

dantedayjob
10-12-2011, 03:59 PM
Tiple

GregoryL
10-12-2011, 04:04 PM
6-string banjo

Prerequisite
10-12-2011, 06:40 PM
Thanks for the input everyone. A harp guitar really sounds interesting.

BigDoug1053
10-12-2011, 07:03 PM
bass

photoguy
10-12-2011, 07:51 PM
Kidding aside, how about a harp guitar?

http://larryharwin.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/knutsen-harp-guitar-family.jpg

In the right hands...

JTC7kPZZmuM

matte
10-12-2011, 11:03 PM
octave "59 les paul burst. (http://lesstallguitars.com/next.htm)
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_03.jpg
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_04.jpg
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_05.jpg
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_06.jpg

Corinthian
10-14-2011, 04:40 AM
Pipa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipa)

mrpinter
10-14-2011, 04:56 AM
Here are vids of a couple of stick type instruments:

Jan Laurenz on the megatar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKe_AJX7v7o&feature=related)

Jan Laurenz on the beartrax guitar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rzFA_UiFWo)

poolshark
10-14-2011, 07:54 AM
I'd go straight to mandolin. Huge amount of depth in that instrument.

ReginaldBisquet
10-14-2011, 11:46 AM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vcGne5ge0LI/Suu1Xp5itmI/AAAAAAAABME/Ver9B8mms0w/s400/DSCF1331.JPG

guy74585
10-15-2011, 12:15 AM
http://manndolins.com/

He makes electric 5 string mandolin guitars. I have one and it's killer. He makes them with neck thru construction so the sustain is amazing. Worth a look.

ac15er
10-15-2011, 12:38 AM
How about a Balilika, saw these guys busking in Salsburg, Austria a few months back.

Only three strings, they sounded a bit like a mondolin but only single strings.

Check out the guys bass on the right!

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c279/rubyrooo/Europe2011211.jpg

IPLAYLOUD
10-15-2011, 07:59 AM
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll92/IPLAYLOUDGUITARS/Picnicstock100811002.jpg

reentune
10-15-2011, 09:05 AM
octave "59 les paul burst. (http://lesstallguitars.com/next.htm)
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_06.jpg


Gigsum Less Tall...
Tickles me every time.

p.j.
10-15-2011, 10:29 AM
What about a baritone? I was playing mine this morning. So much fun w/ a little verb and some trem.

PJ

James
10-15-2011, 10:40 AM
:love::love: That is so cool!!

octave "59 les paul burst. (http://lesstallguitars.com/next.htm)
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_03.jpg
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_04.jpg
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_05.jpg
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_06.jpg

James
10-15-2011, 10:44 AM
To the OP, and to echo some of the other suggestions:

- Baritone guitar
- 6 string bass guitar (E-E tuning, full octave down from standard guitar)
- 12-string mando guitar
- 12 string electric or acoustic guitar
- 12-string baritone guitar (yes, they're out there!)
- High-strung or Nashville-tuned acoustic guitar
- Jerry Jones electric sitar
- Any of the above in open or alternate tunings

I think it's cool when you can the same technique/fingerings as standard guitar, but the tuning or instrument puts in a completely different timbre/sound.

drive-south
10-28-2011, 10:28 AM
ALso consider a Terz-style instrument. The word Terz means "third" so Terz is usually tuned a third above normal guitar (G-G).

The Tacoma Papoose was similar to Terz but tuned A-A. Joe Veillette is making a Terz he calls "Terzilla" and they are available in 6 or 12-string versions. I'm saving my pennies for a 12-string Terz.

Baritone is the obvious choice for aging guitarists/vocalists. As we age, our voices lose the high-end. A Baritone allows you to play familiar tunes in lower keys that are easier to sing.

I'm enjoying my Larrivee acoustic baritone, but looking to add an electric bari to the herd. I'm especially interested in finding a Jerry Jones bari. If anyone sees one in their travels, please give me a shout.

drive-south
10-28-2011, 10:35 AM
A Charango is a Peruvian instrument that is very similar to a ukelele except that they have 10 strings. You can find good quality Charango's for under $200 and they are a blast to play. If you want more info, check out Bob Brozman's web site as he sells and endorses these cool instruments.

Chrome Dinette
10-28-2011, 01:29 PM
A Charango is a Peruvian instrument that is very similar to a ukelele except that they have 10 strings. You can find good quality Charango's for under $200 and they are a blast to play. If you want more info, check out Bob Brozman's web site as he sells and endorses these cool instruments.

I just looked these up and I was not aware that these were tuned so differently(as far as being related to guitar type instruments). I may have to string up one of my lesser played guitars like one of these.


Also, a "ninja" playing a charango:

LWKkacSgxlg

branbolio
11-05-2011, 02:43 PM
Wow..impressive and great sound


I just looked these up and I was not aware that these were tuned so differently(as far as being related to guitar type instruments). I may have to string up one of my lesser played guitars like one of these.


Also, a "ninja" playing a charango:

LWKkacSgxlg

Smakutus
11-05-2011, 04:12 PM
octave "59 les paul burst. (http://lesstallguitars.com/next.htm)
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_03.jpg
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_04.jpg
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_05.jpg
http://lesstallguitars.com/images/octave_06.jpg

Very cool... I love the little case for it too.

Jeff