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The Big Kahuna
09-23-2012, 08:16 AM
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NICE-QUALITY-VINTAGE-UKELELE-MADE-BY-GLAZBALA-ZAGREB-/280968241820?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Sting_Instr uments&hash=item416b03229c#ht_500wt_1414

I know it's not a Ukulele, but I can't figure out what it is. Looks like it has offset frets, unless my eyes are playing silly-buggers.

09-23-2012, 08:33 AM
Looks like a Yugolele

The Big Kahuna
09-23-2012, 08:38 AM
Looks like a Yugolele


09-23-2012, 08:44 AM
Probably some sort of Eastern instrument. Some of them use some pretty bizarre microtonal scales and it looks like that might be the case with this thing - just looking at the fret layout gives me a headache...

09-23-2012, 09:10 AM
Franken-lele ?

09-23-2012, 09:28 AM
BK - buy it and tell us! You have 11 minutes left.

09-23-2012, 10:15 AM
Going by the Headstock, I would say that it is a Tambouritza/Tamburica. A Croatian stringed Instrument.


There are a couple with similar Headstocks on this page.


I could be wrong though.

09-23-2012, 11:06 AM
I believe it is related to a tamboritza. Though the fret board doesn't look like any tamboritzas I've seen. GLAZBALA is Croatian for "musical instrument." Zagreb is the city in Croatia where it was probably made. I tried to find a tamboritza when I was in Zagreb earlier this year, but my time was very limited and couldn't locate a shop that carried them before I left.

Edit: I forgot, some tamboritza's do have moveable frets for playing in different modes. That's probably what we are seeing in that image.