The Name BARBITOS
It was a stringed instrument which accompanied symposiums and Dionysian rituals.
The soundbox was of tortoise shell as the lyre. The arms, however, were much longer with longer strings (5 until 7) and consequently had a deeper pitch and a softer tone than that of the lyre. Its straight wooden arms rose outward from its base and curved inward at the top with a bent end which carried the cross-bar.The elasticity of the arms allowed them imperceptible vertical motion thus creating a wave-like resonance. The player balanced the barbitos upright against the left side of his body pressing it leterally against his belly (with the help of a sling which went through the left arm of the instrument and his left wrist). The free fingers pressed or plucked its strings while the right hand struck them with the "plectrum".
Anacreon, Sappho and Alcaeus established the barbitos ("varmos") between the 6th and 5th century B.C.
SOURCES: "M.L. West, Ancient Greek Music", "Athenaeus of Naucratis, Deipnosophistai".
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Merkos Guitars is proud to present our latest addition the BarBitos, an Electric Acoustic with a modern twist. This model is unique, while not technically an acoustic guitar the sound and tone quality takes you to another level. .
You have the sound quality of an electric acoustic while standing out from the crowd with this stunning instrument.
No Amp? No problem! Unplugged it stands up to even the top of the range models for a fraction of the price. And you know it has been master built and set up professionally here in Australia
Weight: one kilo
Body : Australian Birch
Colour is Oak and old baltic (stain colour) with oil finish
3mm birch wood anchor design on top of the body
Bridge is rosewood with buffalo bone
Neck : Canadian hard rock Maple
It is bolt on neck.
Machine Head: Black
Nut: Ivory Tusk, increases harmonic and richness . Increases sustain.
Fret Width: 2.7
Frets: 22 Nickel Frets – jumbo.
Fretboard is from rosewood.
2 Wooden knobs walnut colour.
The Barbitos guitar is setup with 12 string gauge
Excellent quality Alpha pots 1x A500K and 1x B500K, 1 Jack Socket.
The heart of this beautiful instrument are Single Coil Alnico Magnet Pickup TL style.