Acoustic instruments have really been an interest of mine. I’ve been looking for an Irish Bouzouki and all I’ve found in the past are these Trinity College Bouzouki’s from the far east. They have been pretty uninspiring sounding. So, when I saw a Paul Doyle being sold by my old friend Kerry I jumped at the chance to add a Bouzouki to my collection of instruments. Turns out this is instrument was made by Paul Doyle in Ireland in April of 1978. It came with the original tag stating it has a Mahogany back and sides, Rosewood finger board, Sitka Spruce top and even a note saying “Tuned Octave Below Mandolin GDAE”. Very cool.
Here is a tune I learned for the Mandolin played on this instrument recorded this morning while everyone was still in bed. Recorded with two mics, an audio-technica AT4041 on the left pointed at the high frets and a Shure KSM-32 on the right angled slightly toward the sound hole.
Paddy on the Beat