NG BASIC 4-strings kit

320,00 excl. sales tax

This is the DiY kit for the Nerdy Gurdy BASIC, in the expanded version with 4 strings and 24 keys. It is based on the original Nerdy Gurdy design, but the sound and adjust-ability have been vastly improved, while making it also a lot easier to build. Due to the added capo’s you have the same functionality as the original 6-string instrument.

In the past months these instruments have been successfully used in Hurdy Gurdy workshops in a number of European countries, as well as being rented to young students. The lessons learned from this have been used to further improve the design.

The kit contains all the parts that you need to build a working instrument, including strings.  A detailed step-by-step manual is provided, and everything is designed to be easy to assemble (Ikea style). What you need to bring yourself are: glue, some basic tools, paint and enthusiasm.
Building manuals

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Sanne van Gend and Jimi Hellinga playing their NG BASICs. Sanne and Jimi have joined the NG team to build and adjust our ready-built instruments.

(pictures below are from 3-string instruments)

Vastly improved accoustics

The Nerdy Gurdy BASIC body was completely re-engineered, combining Nerdy Gurdy and Nerdyharpa experience with computer simulations. The result is a unique body structure that integrates the accoustic concept of violins into a Hurdy Gurdy body. And it sounds awesome! The sound and volume can now compete with traditional built instruments of many times the cost.

Adjustable bridge, buzzing bridge and drone

Easily adjust the pressure of your strings on the wheel, to optimize the balance and response of your instrument. Every adjustment is done with the same hex key. The adjustable bridge is 3d printed as a single piece with integrated flexures, bringing Precision Engineering principles to Hurdy Gurdy design.

Backlash-free shaft

With the novel bearing design, backlash on the shaft has been eliminated, thus removing any ticking or rattling noises from the shaft bearings.

Floating keybox

The 24 key keybox is based on the proven Nerdy Gurdy design, but it is fully floating above the sound board. This has two benefits: it improves body vibrations, while preventing key noises from being amplified.


The ‘NG BASIC 4-strings’ has 4 strings, but capo’s extend the possibilities significantly: – Chantarelle (G4 sythetic gut and G3 steel-wound synthetic gut) – Trumpet string (C4 fluor-carbon, with capo on D) – Drone string (G2 steel-wound steel with capo on C)

Additional information

Weight 2,5 kg
Dimensions 700 × 32 × 8 cm

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