Katharr is a band project by Tom Zimmer and Severin Rauch. Their unique sound is strongly shaped by their talent to improvise with elements from different musical genres. The combination of African-influenced drum patterns with heavily processed guitar tones (produced by Tom’s playing his Dohle) results in a high-energy and psychedelic rock sound that drives the audience to the dance floor.
Guitarist Tom Zimmer had the idea of a stringed instrument which can be played nicely with a bow to produce epic pad sounds. He asked my if I could imagine to design it. A few sketches and a prototype later the “Dohle” was born.
A couple of weeks after I handed over the instrument to Tom, I saw him playing as musical accompaniment of a stage play at Volkstheater München. I was blown away by the broad bandwidth of musical expressions he found with his new instrument.
This article introduces you to my interpretation of a guitar neck contour jig inspired by the original Idea of Bill Scheltema. Feel free to download the plans and build one for your own guitar projects.