In cooperation with our partner Michael Eipeldauer, who runs a really magic place in Vienna called "Gold `n`Guitars" we proudly present a very special Guitar which is very special for Vienna: The Kontragitarre
The Kontragitarre or Schrammel guitar is a type of guitar developed in Vienna in the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to the usual guitar neck with six strings and a fretboard, it mostly has a second, fretless neck with up to nine bass strings. Customarily these additional strings are tuned from E-flat downwards. The lowest string on the 15-string Kontraggitarre is usually tuned to G. Viennese instrument maker Johann Gottfried Scherzer developed the instrument after 1848, improving on earlier, unfinished efforts by Johann Georg Stauffer (1778-1853), the master from whom Scherzer had learned his craft. The Kontragitarre is heard almost exclusively in Viennese folk music, especially Schrammelmusik. Occasionally it is also used in Alpine folk music.
Our guitar that we currently have on offer was carefully refurbished by Michael, the world`s leading expert and experienced player of Kontragitarren. It impresses not only with very special and unique looks but also with a really warm and rich sound. The special features of this guitar is the unique shape and the fact that the 4 bass strings are mounted on a very specially shaped single neck.