Klaus on the Vootar:

On this instrument you can play bass and guitar on one neck. Of course that is if you can play the guitar! Four strings bass to a bass-amp and completely separated--four strings guitar to a guitar amplifier. So you can have any effect you desire on the guitar at the same time with no interference--a nice clean bass sound.

I thought this instrument up in 1965. The first instrument was built by the English firm
Vox. Today, together with Stuart from Cassandra Elk instruments Vootar 4 is being developed.

This instrument is particularly useful for when you play in a small band like I did with 
Paddy, Klaus & Gibson so you can accompany the guitarist with bass and rhythm guitar whilst the drummer is freaking out.

K.V.

(From the Klaus Voormann official website. Thank you!)
In 1965 Klaus designed a
unique, innovative 8-stringed
instrument called the 'Vootar'.

Here are some photos
and a description
of the latest version of this
fantastic instrument
Vootar 4
Klaus playing the Vootar at Cassandra Elk Design Instruments
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