The Gold Tone Irish Bouzouki (sometimes called a cittern) is a unique version of the octave mandolin adapted for Irish and other forms of European traditional music.
Many of our session-playing customers use the bouzouki in place of high-string guitar, for stacking second rhythm parts. The small body and octave tuning create a light tone and airy presence.
The most common tuning used is GDAD, but other tunings including GDAE, ADAD, and CFAD. The Gold Tone Bouzouki is set up with octave strings for the third and fourth courses and unison strings for the first and second courses. This solid spruce-top model produces traditional Irish tone and is easy to play. The BZ-500 comes with a hardshell case.
We always like being able to offer a different instrumental voice to players looking for alternative sounds or writers/performers looking for new inspiration. The Gold Tone Bouzouki provides both.