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Double Guitar Pan

The double guitar pan consists of two drums, cut to half their lengths, with eight notes in each. The tonal range just above one octave, from D3 to F4. The guitar pan is mostly used as a rhythm instrument, playing chords, in the same way as an ordinary guitar in an orchestra. The common Trinidad layout, called "Invader style", is somewhat peculiar, as it goes from C3 up to F4, but lacks the C#4 and the D#4 in the upper octave. This makes it difficult to do musical arrangements for this instrument.

Overview of Double Guitar pan, Invader style

I have chosen to present an alternative guitar pan designed by tuner Rudy Smith, as this covers a full tonal range from D3 to F4. The layout of the Smith Guitar Pan is designed with notes consequently in drums left-right-left on a chromatic scale in the same way as the double second pan. There are just four octave intervals and the higher notes reside right inside their lower octave counterpart.

Overview of Double Guitar pan, Rudy Smith style

Special crafting techniques

While sinking the guitar pan; do not work closer to the rim than 70 mm. This is done to leave material for the outer notes and get the right shape of the sunk basin.

Measures for the Double Guitar pan

The measured guitar pan was made in Sweden by Rudy Smith 1988.

Notes

Drum

Groove

Number
of notes

Tonal Range

Depth of playing
surface [mm]

Length of
side [mm]

Hole pos.
from rim [mm]

Width [mm]

Radial length [mm]

End from rim [mm]

16

D3-F4

140

460

80

6

135

50

Note

Position

Radial length

Tangential length

Length along rim

D3

Outer left

180

260

345

D#3

Outer right

175

260

335

E3

Outer left

170

250

330

F3

Outer right

175

250

330

F#3

Outer left

170

240

310

G3

Outer right

170

240

300

G#3

Outer left

165

230

285

A3

Outer right

170

225

285

Bb3

Outer left

160

210

250

B3

Outer right

160

205

250

C4

Outer left

160

195

240

C#4

Outer right

160

190

245

D4

Middle left

120

180

D#4

Middle right

125

180

E4

Middle left

105

165

F4

Middle right

100

165