Eleven-string guitar

The eleven-string alto guitar or altgitarr is an extended-range classical guitar developed by Swedish luthier Georg Bolin in the 1960s.

Original Bolin instruments are now rare and valuable. The Bolin alto guitar most often has eleven strings, but a thirteen-string version also exists.

They are most often used for performance of lute music, particularly Bach.

In the United States, luthier Walter Stanul makes performance instruments ranging from 11 to 13-strings called the Archguitar. [1]




  • Coral Sunset by John Francis

See also

  • Extended-range classical guitar#11-string guitar
  • Alto guitar

External links

  • altoguitar.com, site dedicated to the Bolin altgitarr.
  • [2], Alto guitars
  • Altgitarr Links.
  • John Francis web page.
  • Stefan Östersjö web page.
  • User description of their Bolin pattern alto guitar.
  • [3] Peter Blanchette, 11-string archguitar

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