What is your "Octoblaster"?
I am always looking for different voices in the instruments I play, whether it's for live shows or recording. I love the octave mandolin, which is almost the same as an Irish Bazouki. It's an octave lower than a regular mandolin, tuned the same way. Although I use different tunings, just like I do on the fiddle.
I wanted an electric version of my octave mandolin. I went to my friend and luthier Dick Dubois, here in Austin, and together we designed just what I was looking for. Ed Reynolds, an electronic guitar whiz also in Austin, helped out with the pickups. It's a powerhouse, and it's sweet.
I'll be posting more technical info and examples it's different voices. You can hear it on two or three songs on the "listen" page. I'll get some links up, so it's easier for you...