"Mark, I completely agree with your observation and would add that many, in the best folk instrument tradition, had home made instruments, often self-made, until Sweeney popularized the 5 string style that has pretty well dominated ever since."
"I was passing through and noticed this conversation. I remember way back, we're talking about forty years ago, when I first started exploring open blues tunings on the guitar, I learned Open D (DADF#AD) as "Vestapol" or…"
"Thank you. I was able to find it on line with no difficulty. I saved it to a PDF and will use it update my steel strings article on my site.
There was a bonus for me as well. There was an ad in the yearbook for Ponds Extract, a…"
"Tim, you send John the measurements and he builds the case to suit. Check out the picture on his site of the rectangular case, he has one of his gourds sitting in it. He should be able to make a case for just about anything, though if the…"