A Chinese Guqin

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Bob King
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A Chinese Guqin

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Does any one have or know where to get plans for a Guqin ? I have seen them on "you tube" and watch them made but could use a set of plans. Probly won't do all the steps as it is said there are 100 of them . But just for fun a one time build.

Tom Snape
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Re: A Chinese Guqin

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I hope to build a guqin at some point. I examined and handled some in Chengdu China a few years back. The closest thing I have found to a plan is a book called "Abiding with Antiquity", which is an English translation from an 1855 Chinese text. (ISBN 978-1-4303-0346-6). I even have my set of silk strings and my deer horn to grind into powder ready. I'll be watching this thread to see if someone knows of an actual plan.

I have not been able to figure out where to obtain a suitable piece of wood for the top half. To stay with tradition it should be a good piece of paulownia, at least 49" long, 1.25" thick, and about 7.5" wide.

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Re: A Chinese Guqin

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Bob, check out the second photo at this link. Pretty close to a plan. It gives a lot more dimensions than I've seen anywhere else:

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collectio ... /180015292

And they have similar drawings for some other guqins.

Bob King
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Re: A Chinese Guqin

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Thanks that site of the Met helps with the overall size . I will do more searching , and most likely will not start on one until spring so have plenty of time . The note buttons are not given , I guess I will make those with a tuner and temp string after the top is on and before the finish is applied. At least that is now the plan, got to gather the wood.

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Re: A Chinese Guqin

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There are 13 of them, called "hui". The book I referenced doesn't say how to lay them out.

Here is some help:

https://blog.nyl.io/guqin-part-1-harmon ... most%20dot.

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