Origin of the loutar
“The oud’s ancestor is the loutar. This ancient instrument is played in its traditional form by the Moroccan Amazigh community. Soprano cousin of the guembri gnawa, it has 3 or 4 strings with a deep and triangular body carved into the mass. A goatskin serves as a soundboard.
Video excerpt Mohamed Rouicha – Inas Inas (photo on the right)
In December 2018 I responded to a particular request from a visionary and passionate Moroccan. I now offer it in this form with engraving and various wood choices. “Sylvain BD
The world's first electric loutar was born!
Patented and protected model at INPI 5702-2019
– Dim: 870x360x50mm- Weight: 1.5 kg
– Tuning: DGcg or DGdg
– Fretless (or with frets in option)
– Built-in passive piezo microphone
– Nylon guitar strings
– Olive body
– Rowan tree neck
– Markers on handle 12 half tones
– Pitch : 640mm
– Head nut : 35 mm
– Oiled / waxed finish
– Sold with soft padded case
The electric loutar fits into a slightly wide and padded Tobago type electric guitar cover. It is provided with.
The electric loutar can be engraved. Here an example with Amazigh picture :
Electric loutar, fretted version!
I developed a fretted version up to the 15th semitone to allow a guitarist/bass player style playing. An extra support is provided to play it also sitting down. (horn on the right side).
Prices, delays, delivery
This professional quality musical instrument is patented by the INPI (5702-2019). It is manufactured and adjusted by hand. It requires an oiled and waxed finish for its durability. Without customization and modification of the model, it is sold with its transport bag at 1180 Euros (1300$) with invoice. 1350 euros frette version (1520$) A 50% deposit is required for the order. Payment in 3 times possible via Paypal (+5%). Depending on availability and other ongoing projects, a manufacturing lead time of 2 months is expected. Shipment in national or international parcels with insurance: see conditions here.