Colin Meloy's Bouzouki
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Apr 07, 2016
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: Colin Meloy's Bouzouki

The Fretboard Journal sits down with Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy to talk about his bouzouki and how it's directly contributed to some of his best-loved songs.

“The bouzouki is just so fun,” Meloy says. “I had to teach myself a few chords. The first song I wrote [on it] was ‘Sons and Daughters’ and it was two chords. The second song I wrote was ‘Crane Wife 3,’ which had three chords. I guess I’m expanding...” 

Though he started out with a Trinity College bouzouki, Meloy now uses this handmade model built by Bend, Oregon’s Andrew Mowry. It has an unmistakable headstock inlay (designed by Colin’s wife) and a full-size, guitar-shaped body.

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