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PhosphorusDecree
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02 Nov 2021, 4:42 pm

This is the most unusual member of the guitar family I own. It's a timple (2 syllables)- a tiny five-stringed instrument from the Canary Islands. I got it for £4.50 in a charity shop in Yorkshire. The back is curved like a camel's hump. It's tuned GCEAD, with the G and the C both high. The shape of the body and headstock remind me a lot of pictures of the very earliest guitars, some of which had 5 pairs of strings.

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02 Nov 2021, 8:04 pm

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This is the most unusual member of the guitar family I own. It's a timple (2 syllables)- a tiny five-stringed instrument from the Canary Islands. I got it for £4.50 in a charity shop in Yorkshire. The back is curved like a camel's hump. It's tuned GCEAD, with the G and the C both high. The shape of the body and headstock remind me a lot of pictures of the very earliest guitars, some of which had 5 pairs of strings.

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can you tell me which other instrument it is most similar to in its playing [fingering chords and such]?



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03 Nov 2021, 12:26 pm

^It's like a soprano ukelele, but with the G string tuned up an octave, and an extra D string. The D string is the only difference to the fingering. It doesn't have such a wide variety of easy chords as the uke, as it's hard to avoid hitting the D.


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03 Nov 2021, 9:17 pm

I guess I'll join the WP guitar players guild! I have a Schecter 7 string, an ESP 7 string, a Yamaha acoustic, and a 6 string Ibanez bass. I play metal and some folk music. My favorite genres are atmospheric black metal, melodic death metal, and pagan/folk metal. I also have a solo black metal project called Ktaadn which you can find on YouTube if you want.



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03 Nov 2021, 9:20 pm

What's your recording setup like? :nerdy:


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04 Nov 2021, 2:14 am

i found these babies are HARD TO FIND on this side of the pond, as rare as hen's teeth.



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05 Nov 2021, 6:23 pm

I've never tried a seven-string. I think I've only seen one in real life once!

(One of my friends played a five-string bass in a band where there was also a five-string viola. I kept thinking the guitarist ought to remove a string to fit in.)


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05 Nov 2021, 6:49 pm

I wouldn't mind selling my 7 string and getting a baritone. I find the neck too wide to be comfortable to play so it mostly just sits in it's case.


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05 Nov 2021, 7:15 pm

PhosphorusDecree wrote:
(One of my friends played a five-string bass in a band where there was also a five-string viola. I kept thinking the guitarist ought to remove a string to fit in.)

Some friends and I used to have an acoustic cover band, and one of them had a five-string bass that I would often use...I usually just used that extra string as a thumb rest.


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05 Nov 2021, 7:19 pm

Does anyone here play sitar?

I have a beautiful handmade one here. I don't play at all.



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05 Nov 2021, 7:42 pm

^^^have you considered making it a task for yourself to learn how to play it? you may find it is rewarding. :dj:



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19 Nov 2021, 4:07 pm

:)

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19 Nov 2021, 4:19 pm

^ :lol:


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19 Nov 2021, 4:33 pm

I think there must be some small creature that lives in my house and eats my picks.

Excited to see a guitar forum. I try and play metal and rock. At the moment learning some stuff by Nevermore. And also some grade pieces from Rockschool.

What kinds of things are you all playing?



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19 Nov 2021, 5:03 pm

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I think there must be some small creature that lives in my house and eats my picks.

Excited to see a guitar forum. I try and play metal and rock. At the moment learning some stuff by Nevermore. And also some grade pieces from Rockschool.

What kinds of things are you all playing?


I play grind and crust, mostly I play to write songs and riffs.


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19 Nov 2021, 5:27 pm

Funeralxempire I don’t know much about grind and crust. I’ve learned a few riffs from a carcass song and listen to carcass a lot. I quite like Vallenfyre and Strigoi but these are the closest I know to Crust.

Impressed you write your own stuff. I am focusing on learning to play but I have noodled about with guitar pro and pre Sonus a bit.