Maybe doesn't belong here in luthiery, but I think guitar builders would be most likely to have good answers: My new band just got a new lead guitarist (I just play rhythm); he brought his Turkish Oud yesterday (fretless, so no problem with playing my very alternative medieval Persian tuning system- my Strat copy has a neck fretted to this tuning). He has a good contact pickup fitted to the Oud, so no problem with volume at any volumes. But in the future, I'd rather have him playing electric guitar as well. So I'm wondering, what guitar features do you guys think would most facilitate an Oud-like timbre? if you're familar with that deep husky voice of the Oud... The Oud does not have a long scale, but I'm thinking a baritone electric guitar might be good for a similar kind of depth and roundness to the sound. And humbuckers, I would think- single coils tend to be more plinky Saz-like than throaty heavy Oud-like. I know it's an odd question, but there you go! Our band is pretty much ethno (Balkan) and Medieval music Prog, closer to Jethro Tull than to Dream Theater kind of prog metal, but with more modern heavy drumming, and now with a shredding lead guitarist, some shredding. We have yet to see how audiences react to virtuoso Balkan accordian in a proggy folk-metal kind of setting, but I think fans of Arkona (Russian folk metal) and Belphegor (Austrian medieval-metal) will dig us a lot.