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1992 Sobell Giant Cittern Indian/European
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Sobell
Product Year
1992
Model
Giant Cittern
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
178
Condition
Excellent, only light play wear.
Body Type(s)
Medium, A-Style
Back & Sides
Rosewood - East Indian
Top
Spruce - European
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Bridge
Ebony - Floating
Rosette
Herringbone
Top Trim
Herringbone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fret Markers
None
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Rosewood
Headstock Inlay
None
Bindings
Rosewood
Tuners
Gotoh
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20 in
Lower Bout
16.75 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
4 in
Scale Length
25.75 in
Scale Length (mm)
654.1 mm
Nut Width
1.88 in
Nut Width (mm)
47.8 mm
String Spacing
2.38 in
String Spacing (mm)
60.5 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - Calton Flight Case
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Description

This rare Sobell instrument is being offered by recording artist Henry Kaiser. One of just 6 of these ever built by English maker Stefan Sobell. Henry has used this very instrument on numerous projects but is sadly making room for another custom Sobell. The Giant Cittern plays essentially like a 12 string guitar but with the character of the cittern family of instruments. With a 25.6" scale it works great in Standard Tunings, DADGAD or Low C tunings. If you are looking to add to your sonic palette perhaps this unique beauty will inspire you.

We often speak with players looking for a unique sound to add to their collection of instruments. I can imagine this Sobell inspiring many a fresh idea. It feels just like a guitar and is tuned the same so this is a great chance for a guitarist to branch out tonally. It's also a very rare instrument owned by recording artist Henry Kaiser, which adds to its collectibility.
 
I have a four-course and a five-course Sobell at home, but this is indeed a different animal. I tuned it in CGCGCD for the sample and it seems to like that tension. It also works well in DADGAD. Henry Kaiser says he tuned it in Standard and drop D, so it's pretty versatile. This is one of six ever made and it's bound to be a very collectible instrument as time goes on.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.75 in
NUT WIDTH 1.88 in
STRING SPACING 2.38 in
WOODS SPRUCE - EUROPEAN,
ROSEWOOD - EAST INDIAN

This rare Sobell instrument is being offered by recording artist Henry Kaiser. One of just 6 of these ever built by English maker Stefan Sobell.
 

We often speak with players looking for a unique sound to add to their collection of instruments. I can imagine this Sobell inspiring many a fresh idea.
 
I have a four-course and a five-course Sobell at home, but this is indeed a different animal. I tuned it in CGCGCD for the sample and it seems to like that tension.
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