I decided to employ the thistle, a symbol of Scotland, as the motif on the 12-string. After some failed attempts with other materials, I settled on thinly cut lyptus to represent the leaves of the plant. I tinted a water-based stain with food coloring to make them green, glued the pickguards to the soundboard and lacquered the body.
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I dunno if you are big on John Dowland, or for loots for that matter, but for a nice plunge into esoteria and over-thought, check out Sting’s “Songs from the Labyrinth.” It’s a nice blend of 80s rock…. That is to say, rock from the 1580s and 1980s.
My buddy Rick turned me on to Dowland, Campion, Gibbons, et. al. and we play some of their compositions, but I generally use a guitar and he plays recorder. I have not heard Sting’s recording but will check it out…doesn’t he play the hurdy-gurdy on it?