Hybrids


Raga Guitar

The Raga Guitar adds the capability to perform Indian Raga melodies to a standard six-string guitar.

The design is adapted to include 3 drone "chikari" strings, and 11 to 13 sympathetic "jawari" (buzzing) strings. These strings are tuned to the notes of the particular raga being performed; they resonate in sympathy to the notes as they are struck, and add a reverb-like effect. Standard violin pegs are used to tune the sympathetic strings; Perfection planetary pegs are a nice upgrade for tuning ease.



  • Scale length - 25
  • Body width - 16
  • Melody strings - 6
  • Drone strings - 3
  • Sympathetic strings - 11 to 13
  • Options


Nautilauta

The Nautilauta is a highly unique instrument, including frets for several scale systems, a lattice braced soundboard with floating bridge, a large side soundport, and a reverse vaulted back. This design gives an acoustic resonance reminiscent of vintage reverb- the bass is expansive, the mid- and treble-ranges responsive, and the instrument has a huge dynamic range, all backed by a rich reverberance like nothing you've heard before.

The fretting system was designed by Eric Ederer to include positions for several tuning systems, including Persian Dastgah, Arabic maqam, Turkish makam, and just intonation. We are developing simplified fretting schemes favoring one or the other system, and the instrument could be adapted to standard chromatic frets, or any combination you desire.



  • Total length - 40
  • Scale length - 680mm
  • Width - 16
  • Depth at neck heel - 4
  • Depth at tailpiece - 3
  • Options


Kora

Traditional African koras feature a gourd resonator topped by goat skin, over which 21 strings are typically suspended on a vertical bridge. I built this specialized kora with a solid mahogany bowl-back, soundboard and handles, and neck with a figured maple centerstripe.

Built for an intuitive and ergonomically-sensitive percussionist, the instrument is fitted with dual piezo elements. Both the strings and the highly resonant body can be played, giving the player melodic and rhythmic tonal possibilities.



  • Body - Honduras Mahogany
  • Length - 48
  • Width - 14
  • Pegs - Rosewood
  • Bridge - Walnut
  • Options


Cremona Uke

This unique ukulele was built in the style of the cremonese mandolin of the early 19th century. With a bowl-back and 15" scale length, the layout is based on a concert ukulele with doubled courses. The bowl-back gives it a distinctly rich and reverberant sound, and the doubled-strings lends a mandolin-like sparkle to the tone. The soundboard is spruce and the back is walnut, with rosewood fretboard and ebony trim. The four doubled courses are tuned as a concert ukulele; the two lowest strings are doubled at the octave while the upper courses are tuned in unison.

The neck and hand cut celtic-knot pierced rosette are made from cherry wood.



  • Total length - 23
  • Scale length - 8
  • Bowl depth - 4.75
  • Soundboard - Spruce
  • Bowl - Black Walnut
  • Options


Banjola

This unique instrument combines an original body design with a wooden top banjola layout. Red cedar top with walnut back and sides, and east indian rosewood trim. The fan inlays are crafted of myrtle and mahogany, and represent the fret number by the number of fan segments.

Commissioned by and built for a highly skilled clawhammer player, this instrument includes a frailing scoop, the recessed area of the fretboard on the body. It is strung with NylGut Minstrel banjo strings, which, combined with the red cedar top impart a very distinctive tone.



  • Body length - 16
  • Width - 13.5
  • Options

Contact & Information


Contact

JBH Guitars
Josh Humphrey
209 S Anderson St.
Ellensburg, WA 98926

jbhwoodworking@yahoo.com

(541) 954-2621

Ordering

Current wait time on orders is roughly 6-8 months. I am accepting orders for the models you see on this site, as well as custom and hybrid instruments. You can get an idea about what I might build based on the work pictured, but I am always willing to pursue additional avenues, so don't hesitate to ask!

Base price for guitar and oud is $4000, for bouzouki $3500. Once you decide to order, I accept a $500 deposit, with the balance due upon completion. All prices include a custom case. Flight cases are available by request for an additional charge, and required for international shipping.