quonsetZither

My original design for a fretted, acoustic/electric, curved top, nine string zither. Each various attribute described in the former sentence carried with it newly available control or performance ability- its being fretted allowed the certainty in pitch afforded by guitars, its being acoustic/electric allowed it a flexibility in performance, its being curved allowing it to be bowed or plucked, its having nine strings allowing it a wide range of pitches.

The tuning of the nine strings was done in alternating minor and major thirds- this tuning system is confusing melodically, but affords easy arpeggiation and chordal work, which I saw as more valuable for this instrument.

Quonset Zither Body Detail

Quonset Zither Body Detail

Quonset Zither Neck Detail

Quonset Zither Neck Detail

Quonset Zither Full

Quonset Zither Full

Quonset Zither Bridge Detail

Quonset Zither Bridge Detail