In 2011, YOSSI SASSI decided to plan an instrument that would later become an “embodiment of his musical journey”. What first began as a seeking for an efficient way to switch between the acoustic Greek Bouzouki to his electric guitar, gave birth to the “Bouzoukitara” - a unique instrument that combines a traditional Greek mandolin (Bouzouki) with an electric solid-body guitar.
Together with Luthier Bejamin Millar, he was able to transform his design into reality. The double-neck instrument has a shared surface, so when one guitar is played it resonates to the open strings of the other guitar, thus allows him to produce some unique sound layers, for example when playing the Electric guitar while recording the Bouzouki going through a Pre-amp or overdrive, capturing the sympathetic harmonies & overtones.
In the summer of 2013 Sassi began working on a new design, code-named “Mark II”. Aided again by Luthier Bejamin Millar, they were able to transform the design into reality – a double-neck instrument, combining an acoustic guitar, electric guitar and an acoustic/electric bouzouki!
Yossi Sassi comments:
“Featuring various modifications from the first model in ergonomics, wood choice, pick-ups, functionality, less weight, new neck angles and much more – this one of a kind instrument is all I can ask for!”
Watch the video introduction here:
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