Over 15 years ago, I came up with an idea to create a bowed instrument that as a guitar
player, I could learn to play easier then learning to play the violin.
So after many prototypes, I finally came up with an Instrument that I call the "Vicellotar.
The Vicellotar is basically a breed of Violin, Cello, and Guitar.
Although the version seen here, is much more Cello related then Violin or Guitar related; I have also made fretted 4th tuned (e-a-d-g-b-e) 6 string versions , for other guitar players as well.
(I later on, heard of a similar Baroque instrument called a "Viola Da Gamba")...
Well, after many design changes, I had ultimately found that the Vicellotar design seen here, just had too much in common with a standard 3/4 sized cello... So I finally just decided to build and play electric Cellos (at least for a while anyway!).
Although, in order to pursue my original love of the idea of the Vicellotar design, I've since designed a much smaller version I call the Vicellotar 'V'
This design change is mainly because I have such a love for the higher registers of Violins, (In fact this instrument is mostly violin related)...
I may still pursue a larger Vicellotar design for myself some day, (just because I do like the size, tuning, string spacing, and playing technique a bit more then a standard 4/4 cello), but so far, I feel the Vicellotar 'V' is enough of a musical challenge for a lifetime!