2222 stentor Ozark Bouzouki octave Mandolin at Ukulele Corner

My Geographically Challenged Bouzouki

chinese made flat back bouzouki and Ukulele Corner
Bass side
spruce top flat back bouzouki and Ukulele Corner
Treble side
Steel strung and tuned Gg~Dd~AA~EE



Ozark 2222 flat back Bouzouki

What I have invited this time is an Ozark Bouzouki, (I believe made by Hora, and definitely distributed by Stentor), and Bouzouki is not an easy word to spell. It was in a timed auction and I didn't realise that a timed auction is an auction that an auction house runs kind of like ebay but still with the normal auctioneers fees, (unlike ebay). Anyway I put an opening bid in at the minimum they would accept and planned to come back and watch the auction live, (though to be honest, with the fees I wasn't really planning to go much higher). Come the time of the auction I went to connect like I normally do and found that there was nothing to connect to; and that the timed auction had ended with no one else bidding so I had won!

So it has a solid spruce top and is Octave Mandolin sized with a fairly, (compared to the Greek Bouzoukis), subtle pick guard, (though more ornate than the current Ozark model). I thought it should be tuned G~D~A~E like an standard Mandolin but an octave lower and I was thinking like the Mandola, being bigger it will be easier to play than a standard Mandolin, but unlike the Mandola it will use exactly the same chords so I won't need to transpose. When I went to the Stentor website though, they were recommending a tuning in fourths like a Guitar rather than fifths like a Mandolin and that I should use the same four notes as the four lowest strings of a Guitar so E~A~D~G. In some ways this will make it easier to play but I know from my Cak that missing the first strings can be a bit confusing, especially as the Baritone Ukulele and the Chicago tuned Tenor Guitar, that I am use to playing, are tuned to the four highest strings of a Guitar. So lots of options for tuning and I wouldn't be at all surprised if it needs new strings when it arrives, thus leaving all the options open and lots of tuning fun; I'm looking forward to it.

It's here now and from what I can work out from the string tensions it is tuned G~D~A~E, (well that is how I've tuned it but with 8 strings its actually Gg~Dd~AA~EE). It is quite large, (nearly as long and the Mandocello, but with a much smaller body), and it does sound and play very well. It could do with new strings, but not desperately so I won't rush out and get new ones, but when I do I will probably go for the fourths tuning, partly to see what it sounds like but partly because I think it will be easier for me to play that way.

It has a solid spruce top and is very nice. A little research tells me that this was still the 2222 model in the catalogue but that this design was replaced in 2007