Check out this unusual and haunting stringed instrument.
The creator calls it The Filiari and seems to be constructed like a single string slide guitar with an ebow.
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This is what he says himself about the beautiful creation:
The first sound is very similar to a slide guitar, tapping the slide on the string gives it a fast attack and a long release
The second sound is with the electromagnet on with the slide always on the string. It gives it an infinite sustain with a short release.
The third sound is with the electromagnet on and holding the bass register with another finger so it doesn’t resonate. The string won’t resonate to the left of that finger so putting the slide on the note to the right of the finger creates a long attack with a quick release. Infinite sustain again.
Update: New video of the Filiari in action…