Bandurria is a plucked string instrument belonging to the family of Spanish Lute. It is traditionally played with shell or horn plectrum, although currently it is common to use plastic plectrums.
Bandurria is a flat body musical instrument, pear-shaped, with a Neck and a Headplate with twelve strings (six pairs): of these six are made of gut and six are gimped, although modern Bandurria usually has the first two metallic pairs and gimped the last four pairs. Gimped strings may have the soul of steel or nylon.
Bandurria is used in choirs and popular music. Despite what is generally thought, it is also used to interpret academic music.
Physically it is very similar to the Lute or the Zither, although smaller, and because of the flat shape of the box it has a great similarity with the Guitar.
In Maderas Barber we are aware that all instruments need more than wood. The accessories for Bandurria are available to all those who want to build their Bandurria.
In our Bandurria accessories section you will find several articles that will help you to build this beauty and traditional instrument. Choose from our machine heads, tailpieces, frets of high quality and enjoy building your Bandurria.
Dimension of the Bandurria Sides: (500x100x3,5 mm)x2
Bandurria sides are two wooden pieces that surround the instrument contour and which main function is to join the Top to the Back. They are more transmitter of the frequency of the waves than vibrating element.
Bandurria sides and backs are made with the same wood, they are book-matched to look same and they close the body. Both have an important role diffusing the sound. There can not be doubt that sides and backs affect the sound, so the difference between one Bandurria and another is quite remarkable for expert ears. However it is also important the esthetical characteristics of backs and sides, figured ones are coveted by luthiers. Commonly the most appreciated woods for backs and sides are Maple, Indian Rosewood, Sycamore, Sapelly and Ebony. Although new species are being used, like Cocobolo.
Choose your Bandurria sides from our big range and discover the beauty of our traditional and innovative woods.
Dimension of the Bandurria fingerboards. (420x66x9 mm)
Bandurria fingerboard is a main part for the good performance of the instrument. It is a wooden narrow and long piece that covers the neck. Fingerboard is divided by the frets where we press the strings. Each time we press a fret producing different musical notes
On the top part is join with the headplate and on the lower part to the body.
Regarding quality and resistance, the fingerboard wood has a key role. We recommend that fingerboard wood should be quite strong as the musician taps continuously with his fingers on it. It is also important that the wood is straight grain. The fingerboard helps the neck to support the strings tension.
The woods which best fits are the Ebony and the Indian Rosewood for its beauty and sound.
In conclusion, the fingerboard is one of the most important part of the Bandurria.
Dimension of the Bandurria Backs : (400x160x4 mm)x2
Backs are on the back side of the instrument, they are two symmetrical pieces. Regarding its acoustic function backs reinforce the grave sounds of the Bandurria. Sound waves bounce on the back making it vibrate. Several are the woods used for the backs, the most known are Indian Rosewood and Maple, specially the flamed one. The Indian Rosewood ones bring out the deep frequencies and the Maple the medium frequencies.
Backs are selected with the same criteria as the sides because backs and sides are made with the same woods. They are book-matched to get the greatest similarity. Both have an important role diffusing the sound
There can not be doubt that sides and backs affect the sound, so the difference between one Bandurria and another is quite remarkable for expert ears. However it is also important the esthetical characteristics very much appreciated by the luthiers.
Dimension of the Bandurria Necks: (450x75x22 mm)x2
Bandurria neck is a main part for the good performance of the instrument. It sustains different pieces and the instrument. The fingerboard is in the wides part of the neck, the other face is curved to facilitate the finger slips.
It is important that the wood for the neck is rigid but not too much rigid as sound will be affected. Here is where the reinforcements come into it made with innovative materials like the carbon fibre.
It is very important to choose for the construction of the Bandurria neck the best wood. The level of torsion and movement are important characteristic to consider. In Maderas Barber we have the best woods for necks: Honduras Cedar, Mahogany and African Mahogany.
Bandurria dimension Tops (400x160x4 mm)x2
Bandurria top is the main vibrating element of the instrument. The top consist of two symmetrical joined wood pieces , same as the backs.
The grains of the wood top are highly important interacting with the vibratory waves forcing them to change direction, forcing them to form a curve. It is easy to think that the waves of the top are spread faster longitudinally that’s why luthiers always look for tops with straight , tight and parallel grain.
Tops can be made in different woods, but the most sought are the European spruce, the Engelmann Spruce and the Canadian Red Cedar. All of them , soft woods and very delicate.
Build harmony and beauty with our Bandurria tops.