I built my first bouzouki in 1990 and I have continued to refine my carved-top/flat back design over the years.

The combination of carved Engelmann or European spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides and a 380mm wide body is a recipe for a sweet, rich and complex tone.

I use ebony binding around the top and back, or if you prefer the contrast of a lighter binding I can use Birdseye maple. Brazilian Mahogany for the neck and ebony for the fingerboard complete the selection of fine woods.

The bouzouki is often tuned GDAD (low to high) and my standard scale length is 65cm.

The top finish shown is dark brown gloss.


Spruce carved top
Indian Rosewood back and sides (flat back)
Bound Ebony Fingerboard
Brazilian Mahogany neck
Ebony facing on front and back of head.
Handmade ebony truss rod cover.
Ebony bridge
Bone nut and saddle
Inlaid rosette ; handmade by Shippey

35 mm (1 3/8″) nut width
9.5″ radius fingerboard (flat fingerboard optional)
Two way adjustable truss rod
Gotoh 510 18:1 ratio tuners with Ebony buttons
Shippey designed and made tailpiece

Gloss lacquer finish –
Dark brown or natural (clear lacquer) top.

Ebony or Birds’ eye maple bindings.
Price £3700 (case extra)