An Féa Caol - A Parlour or Terz slothead guitar

 




 

This guitar shares the same body shape as my Terz Harp guitar "Fimbrethil" but without the hollow arm. Tolkien translates "Fimbrethil" as "The Slender Beech" which in Gaelic is "An Féa Caol". With different string gauges "An Féa Caol" can be either be used as a Parlour guitar or tuned three semitones higher as a Terz guitar. It's short scale length is the same as a standard sized guitar Capoed at the first fret and using it as a Terz you can get the sounds of a normal guitar capoed much higher but with lots of fingerboard space. The guitar illustrated has a Western Red Cedar top with figured Pear back, sides, neck, bridge and fingerboard together with Macassar ebony bindings. Here's a recording of me playing my own composition "An Féa Caol" on this guitar as a Terz in FCFBbCF tuning (the same intervals as DADGAD) with the Capo at the fifth fret - equivalent to DADGAD Capoed at the eighth fret.