Rob Van Leuven / Irish Bouzouki - Made To Order / 2014 / Stringed Instrument For Sale

The instruments shown are sold, but I would be happy to build one especially for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss a project.

The irish bouzouki was developed from the greek original in the 1960's and has become a very popular instrument in celtic and folk music.

I have designed and build my own version, using the traditional shape as a starting point. I also build bouzoukis in parlour guitar shape; these have a less 'boxy' sound and are more comfortable when played sitting rather than standing.

Available in various materials: spruce or cedar top, mahogany or maple neck, selection of woods for back & sides, african blackwood or fibre composite fretboard & bridge, natural bone nut & saddle, wooden bindings & rosette, Schaller or Gotoh tuners, custom pickup.

model: Irish Bouzouki

pricing: € 1095,= + options

standard specifications: 

strings: steel (4x2)

top: western red cedar or spruce

sides & back: mahagony, maple, muiracatiara, several other options

rosette: hardwood and/or herringbone

bindng (standard top only): maple

purfling: none

neck material: mahagony, maple

neck construction: 5 pcs, peghead attached with scarf joint

trussrod: double action

fretboard: muiracatiara, rosewood, composite

fretboard marker dots: paua shell

number of frets to body: 14

peghead veneer: same as rosette

bridge: muiracatiara, rosewood, composite

nut and saddle: natural bone

bridge pins: ebony, rosewood or similar

tuners: Gotoh chrome-plated

scale length: 640 mm.

finish top: high-gloss waterborne lacquer

finish neck, back andsides: satin Danish oil

electronics: standard none

extra options:

- sunburst top: € 100

- (herringbone) purfling top: € 50,=

- back en sides in high gloss laquer: € 100,=

- other tonewoods: depending on choice and availability

- african blackwood fretboard and bridge: € 50,=

- other tuners: depending on choice

pickup systems:

- Dilemma custom under saddle pickup*: € 100,=

- other pickup system: depending on choice

*active system: FET preamp without on-board volume and/or tone control

Dilemma Lutherie, Netherlands  

Contact name:
Rob van Leuven
English, Dutch, French, German
Handbuild custom guitars and irish bouzoukis
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Building stringed instruments has been a passion ever since my college days. Demand for my instruments is now growing and so I have turned my passion into my second business, building four types of instruments mainly aiming at folk, blues and jazz musicians and singer/songwriters: parlour guitar, irish bouzouki, parlour bouzouki and my own design: dilemma. All instruments are handcrafted by me in my small workshop in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and I would be more than happy to build a fine guitar or bouzouki for you too!

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