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11 String Tutor book:

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for the 11 String

green stained solid body kantele

The Electric Kantele has lots of potential, it’s opens you up to using the entire world of guitar effects pedal and amplifiers to make some unique sounds. This is the third version of my standard model, fitted with twin Blade pickups in a noise-cancelling humbucking setup, zither pins with hidden hard maple for rock-solid tuning, New steel bridge with steel inserts, chrome-plated hardware and natural wood bodies in an oiled and waxed finish. There is no onboard volume control on this model but they easily controlled this from the mixing desk/headphone amp/Guitar amplifier/effects pedals, etc. I mostly made these from American Tulip Poplar which is light and resonant, they can commission other timbers for a little extra, The standard finish is with the Tulip poplar in natural, but red, blue-green, dark brown water-based stain options. I can also do a light gloss finish if desired for an extra charge and 2-3 weeks more time. The ten string model is still a custom option, built since 2005.

I can fit guitar tuners for an extra £100 as an alternative to zither pins if you want to change tuning often, or want to tune without a tuning key.  

Plans for this model, if you wanted to build your own, are now available!  link here:


Available in natural woods, as well as stained finishes.

MJK-EK III  In Tulip Poplar, natural oil finish, or stained, 11 strings, Steel bridge, Belcat/Irongear Rail Humbucker pickups, mono jack socket, chrome hardware, steel strings and come with light flight case.
£1050 Zither pins standard, also available with guitar pegs for an extra £100   9-12  months from order for this standard model    plus shipping    more options available,  see my etsy shop

Natural ash, with guitar tuners:

ash wood electric kantele in case

ash wood electric kantele back viewfront view electric kantele in ash wood with guitar tuners

Green stain and Zither pins:

electric solidbody kantele in case   green oil and wax finish

close up of pickups and bridge

Please inquire about Coloured finish options. These are all custom instruments,  colour stains and oil and wax finished.

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MP3's to download:

These are very old soundfiles with crackling from 2005 I retrieved from an old computer, New Kantele models have noise cancelling pickups.

Strumming example  

Chord and Plucking example

Bowed Electric Kantele (Long),   Shorter example

Distorted sounds
Em and Bm chord pattern sequence

Chris Conway

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Chris Conway playing at the Elgiva Theatre Chesham 2005

You can hear Chris playing this Electric Kantele on the track called "Between Waterfalls" of this album "river of Life"

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Chris Conway
River of Life
Paradise Music PMCD042- 2005

"lush, evocative, relaxing music, played on an amazing collection of instruments", " a unique melange of world music influences from a multi-instrumental master."

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