Hi has anyone actually built an akonting?......Just wondering how to scale it and what position to put the tuners....all the akontings I have seen have amazingly long necks....cheers

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never seen or heard of them till now.

canny instrument and sound good to.

heres a video clip of one.

https://youtu.be/lzt0v9roU6g

I bet it is not critical, just make sure you can get strings long enough, like weed wacker line.

thanx for your help guys.....am sure its not critical, as such, the scaling.....trial and error as always.....might use some violin fine tuners.....rob

Here, measurements and pics:

http://www.dennishavlena.com/akonting.htm

Nice......

Thanks, Rob. The attraction for me is that unusual instruments are a great introduction to different countries and cultures, etc.


“As long as I'm learning something, I figure I'm OK - it's a decent day.” – Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, journalist and author

Akontings are cool - I need to build one.

Anybody see the Bela Fleck documentary called Throw Down Your Heart?  He goes to Africa to find the origins of the banjo and there are a bunch of great examples of instruments like this.  Highly recommended.

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