Bob holding a seven string banjo. Click here for the article about the banjo!
Bob in front of his vast collection of musical instruments. Here he is holding - get this - a SEVEN string banjo. Bob talks about the instrument in an interview with Jazz Banjo Magazine. Click the picture to read the whole article.
Vintage Hawaiian Guitar from 1926. This is an early resonator guitar (pre-Dobro) produced by The Hawaiian Teachers of Hollywood, Calif. There is a marking on the bottom of the fingerboard that says, "Genuine Hawaiian Radio Tone Guitar." The fingerboard is actually a printed cardboard strip that's glued to the wood. Each "fret" is marked with the notes all the way up the neck. The recommended tuning is E-A-E-A-C#-E. I'm guessing that the instrument is made of pine or fir, but it's hard to tell, as it was painted red with black "sunburst" highlights. The resonator is simply a round piece of metal mounted to a dowel stick in the center of the sound hole - not very sophisticated, but it works.
One of Bob's more unusual instruments he describes as "a violin-uke. It's about 18" long, about 6" wide on one end and 4" wide on the other. It has four 4-string chords in the center (G, D7, D & A7) and then individual strings running up both sides encompassing a two+ octave diatonic scale in G with a bonus A on top. The pitches alternate from the left side to the right side. I have the impression that the individual strings are meant to be bowed while the chords are strummed, but I haven't mastered this technique with any fluidity."
Another unusual instrument in the Bob Haworth collection. Bob says this is a "Mandolin-Guitar. This is shaped like an autoharp or zither and it's set up with a two-octave diatonic scale in C on the right (all strings are doubled, creating a sort of echo effect) and on the left are four 4-string chords (C, G7, F & Am). The technique with this is to strum the chords and pick out the individual melody notes with the other hand. This one I have played, though not in public."
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