There's something new....

The site has a new look! It's "spring cleaning" time; I've been updating all of the pages and getting re-organized.

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Claro Walnut & Cedar

New Fanned Fret Guitars! This is a great tonewood combination. The Western Red Cedar top opens up immediately.

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Ziricote

New tonewood from Mexico! This is a very mysterious tonewood; somewhere between Ebony and Brazilian Rosewood. More Ziricote guitars are on the bench; make one yours today!

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Building Harp Guitars!

We're re-organizing to meet the growing demand for Fanned Fret - Harp Guitars.

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"Getting Started on Harp Ukulele"

I've launched a new, free video series to promote the new Harp Ukulele. The series includes the harp ukulele tab so you can follow along. Harp Ukuleles are available now; make one of these cuties your today!

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Left-handed Fanned Fret Guitar

How nice... a left-handed fanned fret guitar! This one on the bench is the new Wenge with Sitka Spruce top. More are on the way

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Now Accepting Bitcoin

Let's save $$$! Prices with Bitcoin are much lower than PayPal, Visa, MC, etc. Click on the link to learn more about this amazing Internet protocol.

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"Old Joe Clark"

Bluegrass Festival Season is here and it's time to learn a great jamming tune, "Old Joe Clark", the new Song of the Month.

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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

Henry Ford.

From my desk...

Spring Cleaning!

It's that time of year to "clear out the closets" and re-organize. I'm updating this site, we're restructuring the Work Shop and the Office for greater efficiency and productivity.

I've changed the site name to "Fanned Fret - Harp Guitar" from "jaybuckey.com". This is a better reflection of my music in Eastern Europe and will help promote and bring the new instruments to the front. All of the bluegrass music will remain on the web and I will continue to write/post more free arrangements and new publications. I've begun posting more free instructional videos, including suggestions on playing the new instruments we're building in L'viv.

There are pages and links missing from the previous site; they're coming soon as the page code is updated.

It was in the Spring of 2010 that I decided to produce instruments, in particular, the unusual Harp Guitar. Production of such instruments was rare, virtually non-existent and what was available was out of my price range. By the end of 2010, I had gathered my friends in Ukraine together to form a “Harp Guitar Team” and we began building our first Dyer/Knutsen style harp guitar with 12 strings. By June, 2011, it was complete! That was a very exciting time for all. We started two more 12 string harp guitars and January, 2012 went into full production. A few months later, we began working on the 21 String Sullivan/Elliot style harp guitar and Harp Ukulele. January, 2013, the first Fanned Fret Guitar was completed. This year, the nylon/classical harp guitar will soon be released as well as the complimentary, 13 string Sullivan/Elliot harp guitar. To keep up with the growth, we have been readjusting the Work Shop for greater efficiency, adding new luthiers and office personnel. Another upgrade has been this web site. It’s become more streamlined and easier to navigate.

Bitcoin

I’m always looking for ways to save money. A large price chunk of a Harp Guitar goes into international bank fees/transfers like PayPal, Visa, MasterCard and so on. A unique option for international payments that is nearly free is Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a decentralized crypto-currency for peer-to-peer transactions eliminating the banks and their inflated fees. In April, I began using it to accept payments with the Coinbase exchange. It’s now available in 25 countries. It works and looks a lot like PayPal. A Bitcoin Exchange allows individuals and businesses to accept Bitcoin and exchange it to standard fiat currency like the USD and Euro.

I’m not encouraging investment in Bitcoin, but only stating that it can be used as a vehicle to transfer funds internationally for very low fees to save money. In the past, Bitcoin was a bit like an out-of-control-four-year-old with wild price fluctuations. As of January, 2015, it seems to have stabilized and is now entering mainstream commercial activity. If you prefer payments with PayPal and Visa/MC, that’s fine, however the price will be higher due to the fees. So, in the future, there will be two prices; the higher USD price (PayPal/Visa/MC) and the lower Bitcoin (BTC) price with reduced fees.

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"Getting Started on the Harp Ukulele"

The new instruments that I'm creating/building in L'viv, like the Harp Guitar and Harp Ukulele, open many new possibilities for the standard instruments we've been playing for generations.

The Harp Ukulele, for example, traditionally uses 4 strings. The new Harp Ukulele has an additional 6 sub-bass strings tuned, A, B, C, D, E, F which then leads into the standard Uke tuning, G, C, E, A. How can you use these additional sub-bass strings? There are as many possibilities as there are Uke players. To stimulate everyone's imagination, I'm now posting regular video tutorials on the Harp Ukulele with the Harp Ukulele Tablature on-screen.

Harp Ukuleles are available for purchase so you can play along with the video!

 

 

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"Song of the Month"

"Old Joe Clark"

Bluegrass festival season is here and it's time to dust off those banjos and guitars; change the strings and get your fingers toughened up for some campground jamming!

One of the best songs, and probably in the "top 10" of festival jamming tunes is "Old Joe Clark". It's a simple, straight forward melody that is both beginner-friendly and an open field for some hot improvisation. Included in the download package are the pdf tablatures and play-along mp3s. The password to open the zip package is in this month's newsletter.

old-joe-clark-download.exe

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Ziricote

New Tonewood from Mexico

Have you been looking for a guitar with a special wood and special tone that you won't find in the local Guitar Center? Look no further than the mysterious tonewood from Mexico.... Ziricote! It's tone is some where between Ebony and Brazilian Rosewood.

I'll be posting the latest photos and video of the new Ziricote Fanned Fret Guitars in a few days.

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