Miscellaneous

  • If you want to hammer on strings, this is an instrument especially designed for it.
  • Because the instrument is fixed on a stand, the player does not need to stabilize the instrument while playing.
    The player is very free in all his body-movements and can be very expressive. The overall energy can flow from head to toe, which is very important as music is energy and communication.
  • One hand (two fingers) can overlap almost 4 octaves and all the notes in between.
  • Chords and scales have the same figure/fingering/form/diagram regardless of the key or position on the neck (26 frets).
  • Chords and scales can be transposed laterally and transversely on the neck (isomporhic).
  • It has a muting system that give quite a unique sound (emulating the palmmuting effect on a guitar).
  • The Kelstone has a range of 5 octaves and three whole notes, lower than a normal bassguitar and higher than most guitars (from Bb to E).
  • Tuned all the way up in fourths. Notes on the top (at the ‘zero-fret’, the nut is one fret lower to have space to mute the open strings): B-E-A-D-G-C-F-Bb-Eb, very recognisable and useful for guitar- and bassplayers.
  • The Kelstone has a ‘zero fret’ so that there is space to have some muting material between the nut and this fret to mute the open strings. On the guitar one mutes the open strings constantly with the left hand unless you want to hear the open notes. On the Kelstone, when you hammer with both hands, there is no way to mute the open strings, that is why there is a muting strip between the nut and zero fret.
  • The combination of two Kelstones (Double Kelstone) allows you to explore the two-hand hammering technique at the fullest with under each hand more than 5 octaves, 18 strings in total.
  • The Kelstone can be played by:
    • guitarplayers, bassplayers, keyboardplayers,
    • singer-songwriters, soloïsts, arrangers and accompanists.
    • innovators and traditionalists, any kind of music-lovers,
    • homerecorders and liveperformers,
    • Kelstoneplayers, creating whatever style of music you want.
  • Because of the great range (more than 5 octaves) you can arrange all the parts (bass-mid-register, high) of a song on one Kelstone.