These photos were taken by the luthier, Scot Tremblay of British Columbia. The instrument is currently on its way to the Scotland, presently somewhere above the North Pole Let's hope it arrives safely. It is a copy of a Viennese guitar with 8 strings, two more than usual - you can easily see the two extra bass strings - what we call floating bass strings, which are not freted with the left hand. The original this is based on is from the time of Schubert (who played the six-string variety) about 1820. I'll eventually get around to making a video, once I've figured out what to do with it. Note also the raised fingerboard (last image). Most guitar fingerboards sit on the soundboard, but this cuts out some of the treble end of the sonic spectrum. The luthier of the original guitar in the early 19th century, Stauffer, was a bit of an innovator. He saw that violins and cellos had raised fretboards, so thought he'd try it on a guitar. Not only that, but he made it moveable by the action of a key in the heel of the neck. So, it is easy to change the height of the strings above the frets - a wonderful invention, which only recently have some guitar makers adopted. Looking forward to its arrival! What's the first thing I'll play on it? Smoke On The Water, of course!