The “Axe” features an unusual combination of flat-top with carved-back. The carved back gives me a great deal of control over the tone of this bouzouki and plays an important role in the Axe’s projection and dynamic range.

My design for this instrument followed a commission from Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus). Here is how he describes the sound:

“It has a great range of sound; perfect clarity when you’re playing melody lines or delicately picking and a considerable amount of punch when strumming hard. The carved back really projects the sound forward and it feels incredibly robust and able to withstand a good hammering without sonically falling apart. There’s nothing contained about the sound either, it’s immediately open and wants to fill the space generously.”


Shippey Axe Bouzouki





Cedar top
Locally sourced English sycamore or English Walnut carved back.
Ebony Fingerboard
Brazilian Mahogany neck
Polished Ebony bridge
Indian Rosewood head facing
Ebony binding front and back of body.
Ebony and birch bound fingerboard
Rosewood handmade truss rod cover
Satin lacquer finish

Shippey handmade rosette
Cast bronze tailpiece by Allen USA
Mini enclosed black Gotoh tuners
Bone nut and saddle

648mm scale length
35 mm nut width
9.5″ compound radius fingerboard
Two way adjustable truss rod
Price £2640   (case extra)