Blarge 10-string with pick-up - based on our guitar cittern
What is a "bouzouki" that is "large"? Exactly: a blarge. We didn't invent this term, it's been around in the folk scene for a long time. But we have developed a new blarge model based on our guitar cisters. Due to the size of the body, a Blarge is much more bassy than a conventional bouzouki. It can also be described as a crossover between a mandocello and an Irish bouzouki, which can already be seen in the tuning. The strings are tuned in fifths, lowest note is C (C2), highest note is e' (E4). So, depending on the perspective, the Blarge is a Mandocello extended upwards or an Irish Bouzouki extended downwards. The lowest three strings are in octaves, the two highest strings in unison.
Back and sides: mahogany
Top: Solid spruce
Length of the body: 15 3/4 inches
Width of the body: 15 1/2 inches
Depth of the body at the bottom: 3 3/4 inches
Depth of the body at the neck: 2 3/4 inches
Total length: 37.6 inches
Scale length: 25.6 inches (650 mm)
nut width: 1.9 inches
Weight: 4.3 lbs.
Pickup: Fishman-Presys+ with built-in tuner