The Root

The Root (my own creation) 

Normally it's fretless, but this one I chose to make fretted.

4 string instrument

Plucked or bowed instrument

String setup like a mountain dulcimer.

A D aa tuning on this one.

17" scale length 

9" scale length on sympathetic strings (adjustable)

Fret position markers. (copper)

Two separate pickups. (two jacks)

Mi-Si active trio under saddle for direct sound.

Piezo on tailpiece for sympathetic strings.

Western red cedar top

Walnut back

Mahogany neck with Wenge and carbon fiber reinforcement.

Pau Ferro fingerboard

Roasted Maple bridge, tailpiece and neck joint.

Buffalo bone nut, saddle and tailpiece tuners.

Gotoh 510 18:1 tuners

D'addario Chromes flatwound strings.


this was one I created for myself to test some ideas. 

The large resonator worked, but was cumbersome and hard to play around.

Fretted fingerboard also worked, but I personally prefer the fretless.

Everything else was great and I took all these things and perfected them on my newest Root build. Pleas have a look at it. Root