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    Default Tim O’Brien’s - Father, forgive me

    Ive become completely fascinated with Tim OBriens song Father, forgive me - anyone who knows what instrument hes using on this tune? Sounds a bit like low-tuned 12-string guitar, allthough theres videos of him online playing it on what seems to be a mandocello. Anyone?

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    Default Re: Tim OBriens - Father, forgive me

    Quote Originally Posted by Archaeonaut View Post
    Ive become completely fascinated with Tim OBriens song Father, forgive me - anyone who knows what instrument hes using on this tune? Sounds a bit like low-tuned 12-string guitar, allthough theres videos of him online playing it on what seems to be a mandocello. Anyone?
    If memory serves, he's playing his very excellent Giacomel short-scale Irish bouzouki on the record. Tim also likes playing an "octar," which is an octave mandolin built on an archtop jazz guitar. Either will do.

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    Thank you so much! Figures hes using something completely different.....amazing musician, amazing sounds!

    (on the upside, we will need to procure an irish bouzouki ASAP!)

    Thanks again!

    best,
    Torkel Johansen

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    Default Re: Tim O’Brien’s - Father, forgive me

    "Tim also likes playing an "octar," which is an octave mandolin built on an archtop jazz guitar. Either will do."

    Looks like he is using the "octar" in this video.
    https://youtu.be/tfmukQd_hf4

    Joseph Baker

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    Default Re: Tim OBriens - Father, forgive me

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Baker View Post
    "Tim also likes playing an "octar," which is an octave mandolin built on an archtop jazz guitar. Either will do."

    Looks like he is using the "octar" in this video.
    https://youtu.be/tfmukQd_hf4

    Joseph Baker
    That's Tim's Nugget guitar-bodied octave mandolin. It has a 23.5" scale.

    More information:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...-s-big-archtop

    and

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...#39;s-bouzouki

    Enjoy!
    Gavin Baird F4 & F5, Weber Octar, Gibson K-1, Guild D50, Martin D35, Yairi DY-84, etc...

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    Default Re: Tim O’Brien’s - Father, forgive me

    Thanks for the further clarification.

    It's rather sobering to realize just now that Tim's Chameleon album came out 12 years ago.

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