World Instrument Plans

Tanbour

Drawn by Nasser Shirazi. One sheet 24" × 42". Photos on plan. Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #120.

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Plan #69 – Tanbour

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Two Tuvan Instruments

Drawn by Thomas Johnson. Drawing includes the Morin Khuur and Igil. Photos on plan. Two sheets, each 24" × 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #98.

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Plan #60 – Two Tuvan Instruments

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Hurdy-Gurdy

Drawn by Wilfried Ulrich. Drawing includes added chromatic keys. Photos and text on plan. Two sheets, each 24" × 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Seven. (Originally published in American Lutherie #77)

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Plan #49 – Hurdy-Gurdy

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Clark Harp

Drawn by David Riggs. 31strings, round back. Drawing includes the stool that the harp attaches to. Photos and text on plan. Three sheets, each 30" × 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Six. (Originally published in American Lutherie #61)

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Plan #45 – Clark Harp

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Malagasy Kabosy

Drawn by Paul Hostetter and Guild staff. "Modern" version of the Madagascar Kabosy, a traditional, ethnic instrument of the island. Text and photo on plan. One sheet 24" × 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Three. (Originally published in American Lutherie #35.)

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Plan #35 – Malagasy Kabosy

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Prima Gusli

Drawn by James H. Flynn. 15 strings with a front rail length of 32" and back rail length of 12.5". Russian version of the ancient dulcimer or psaltry; similar to the hammered dulcimer. One sheet 24" × 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Three. (Originally published in American Lutherie #27).

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Plan #31 – Prima Gusli

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Kibangala (African “Banjo”)

Drawn by James Hillier. East African 4-course instrument with 7 strings arranged as 3 pairs and a single bass string; carved from a single piece of wood. One sheet 24" × 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two. (Originally published in American Lutherie #23)

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Plan #28 – Kibangala (African “Banjo”)

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“Moskvichka” Concert Prima Balalaika

Measured by James H. Flynn, drawn by John Morgan, after M. Kupfer in Russia. Scale length 17" with 24 frets. Text and photos on plan. One sheet 30" × 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two. (Originally published in American Lutherie #17.) To download Mr. Flynn's book on balalaika construction, click here.

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Plan #25 – “Moskvichka” Concert Prima Balalaika

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Shamisen (or Sami-sen)

Drawn by Nicholas Von Robison. This Japanese instrument is a long necked, 3 string, squarish-shaped “banjo” with a cat-hide head. Text and photos on plan. One sheet 24" × 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #12)

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Plan #16 – Shamisen (or Sami-sen)

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Tar (Persian “Banjo”)

Drawn by Nasser Shirazi. The Tar is a long-necked lute used in traditional Persian music. The 6 strings are in 3 courses and pass over 28 tied frets. Photo and text included with plan. One sheet 28" × 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #10)

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Plan #14 – Tar (Persian “Banjo”)

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Kamanché

Drawn by Nasser Shirazi. The kamanché is the “violin” of traditional Persian music. It is a spike fiddle with four strings and a small, round, skin-headed body. One sheet 24" × 42" insert is included. Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #4)

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Plan #9 – Kamanché

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