The DIY 11 notes per octave Stick

I found a piece of oak at a local woodworking store for under $3. They said – board – I saw – instrument. That and a couple of $0.69 birch dowels and I went home with a design of a cheap instrument in mind. Since I’m in the 11 edo (equal division of the octave = notes per octave) class I thought is would be cool to make the instrument in that tuning. I used the dowels for frets. Fret placement was calculated at the Experimental Musical Instruments fret placement calculator and marked off the placement with a metal meter stick after gluing on the nut and bridge. I used a couple of the fret wires I pulled off of the 12 edo to fretless bass conversion to give a bit more support to the bridge and nut. Zither pins are used to tune the instrument. A light guitar string set is used and the strings are kept in place by running them through holes that catch the ball end.

As I was tuning to a synthesizer in 11 edo I broke the “A” string – but as it turns out that wasn’t all that bad of a happening. I tuned the “D” and “E” the same and used it as a drone. To record it I clamped a contact microphone to the 11 edo stick and this is a real roughly jam to demo the instrument.

Project cost minus the microphone is less than $20.

3 Responses to “The DIY 11 notes per octave Stick”

  1. ranjit says:

    It may be just a rough jam, but I really enjoyed it! I love how the unusual tuning sounds weird at first and pretty quickly becomes natural.

  2. Chris,
    Two strings are separated by different distances, does it solve some problem?. This work only deals with the strings. What is its purpose, perhaps I need to reread it again.

    Days ago I forgot to tell you that I had prepared a room where two pairs of speakers and a three poles conmutator were installed to switch the alternate reproduction of Sonata 1, tuned to the first tuning and a source of 12 tet tones that were recorded by using the guitar. While I was doing the arrangements I noticed that the third pole of the conmutator was free and realized that a second Piagui scale could be connected to this pole if and only if your instrument is retuned to this second scale that works with a discrepance of + 6.5 cents. The theoretical threshold of 4 cents is a topic not sufficiently confirmed. Regards. Mario. March 18

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