FuseTar 'Lucifer' a New Triple Neck Guitar and Setar Hybrid
Fusetar Lucifer, is a triple-necked, 16-stringed, new hand-made
music instrument, created by Iranian multi- instrumentalist and
composer Shahab Tolouie.
Approximately two years ago, Shahab Tolouie began the
realization of his long-term idea to gather the diverse strands of
persian, jazz and flamenco together in a manner that incorporates
modern technologies in one instrument to attain the precise timbres
that are optimal for live performance of his original style -
The name is derived from "fuse" - English for "fusion" and "tar"
- Farsi for "strings"; hence 'fusion of strings'. The nickname
Lucifer is that of the mythological morning star, the bearer of
It took a year and half for two luthiers Mehr & Owrang
(Crimson Oath) to build the FuseTar. It is made of thirteen
different types of wood and weighs 2.1 kg. With an acoustic chamber
approximately 2cm larger than that on a regular guitar, the FuseTar
possesses three necks. The uppermost is a fretless neck, which
makes possible to play the quarter-tones peculiar to eastern music.
The middle neck is the 'guitar neck', a combination flamenco/jazz
guitar configured with the "true temperament" fretting technology,
which produces more accurate intonations and longer sustain than a
normal guitar and is used, for example, by John McLaughlin and
Steve Vai. The third neck is a Persian 'setar neck' with four
strings fretted for quartertones, a traditional instrument whose
roots stretch back 2,000 years. This is the first time a
traditional Persian instrument has been modernized with the fixed,
"true temperament" fretting system.
At the same time FuseTar is a unique work of art - carefully
decorated by elements from three the most significant historical
periods of Persian Empire (Achaemenid: the Lion-griffin - a
protector from evil, Parthian & Sassanid: Derafsh Kaviani -
symbol of independence and freedom. Lion and Sun - always been
associated with Persian royalty). And Faravahar - the best-known
symbol of Zoroastrianism.
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