Antonio Carvalho Bouzouki PTB305
This is a 22 fret, Irish style bouzouki by Antonio Carvalho, handmade in Portugal. With pear shaped flat back body, solid spruce top, sapele sides and ebony fingerboard, this bouzouki produces a clear, resonant sound - ideal for playing Irish music.
Features of the Antonio Carvalho Bouzouki PTB305
- 22 fret
- Irish style bouzouki
- Floating bridge
- Steel strings
- Bright tone
- Solid spruce top
- Sapele sides
- Ebony fingerboard
- Top nut width: 40mm
- Total length: 975mm
- Scale length: 650mm
- Weight: approx. 3kg
- Made in Portugal
Please note that photographs are to be used as an illustration guide. Aesthetic specifics can change due to different batches of production by Antonio Carvalho's workshop. However product specifications remain the same.
Antonio Carvhalo Instruments
Founded by Antonio Pinto Carvalho in 1976, APC Instruments is a Portuguese company with over 40 years experience in the manufacture of high-quality string instruments. Carvalho, a descendant of the famous 19th century school of guitar players in Porto city, has been a luthier since 1961, having learned the art from his grandfather. Today, APC Instruments is one of the largest producers of high-quality instruments in Portugal.
What are the Advantages of a Floating Bridge?
Floating bridges are more versatile than fixed bridges and can be easily adjusted. This allows for ease of adjustments to intonation and string height. The floating bridge is one of the main features that helps to create the bouzouki's characteristic biting sound, creating a bright top-end sound with plenty of attack.
What's the Difference Between an Irish Bouzouki and a Greek Bouzouki?
The bouzouki first became popular in Irish music in the 1970s. The so called Irish bouzouki is an adaptation of the much older original Greek string instrument. The three main differences between the Irish bouzouki and Greek bouzouki lie in the shape of the body, the length of the fingerboard and the tuning of the strings.
Greek bouzoukis feature the typical rounded back, and can be either three course (6 string) or four course (8 string) instruments. Greek bouzoukis are typically slightly larger instruments with a longer scale length of approximately 27 frets. The Irish bouzouki features a shallow, flat back which some find easier to hold. Irish bouzoukis typically feature a shorter scale length of approximately 24 frets.
The string sets or string pairs on a Greek bouzouki are typically tuned to a octave intervals. Standard tuning for a Greek bouzouki is CFAD. Irish bouzouki pairs are tuned in unison to GDAE or GDAD. This tuning lends itself well to accompanying traditional Irish music.
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Good to Know:
- 14 day money back guarantee from the day you receive your bouzouki. See our Shipping & Returns Policy.
- 1 year warranty - all our new banjos offer a one year guarantee for parts and service.
- Free backup service for one year.
- If purchased before 12pm (Monday-Friday), we ship it the same business day.
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ESTIMATED SHIPPING TIMES
All orders placed before 12pm are shipped the same day.
IRELAND (Next Day)
UK (5 - 7 days)
EUROPE (7 days)
USA and CANADA (7 - 10) days)
REST OF WORLD (10 - 14 days)