Originally the lute is an Arabic / Persian stringed instrument with pear-shaped, semicircular body. It was introduced in Europe by the Moors. In the 16th, 17th and 18th century the instrument became popular in Europe and was the preferred instrument of the higher social classes for playing house music. In recent decades the interest in this elegant instrument, as well as for the music written in that period of its popularity, is growing again
8 course Renaissance lute.
The shell is made of flamed maple. Spruce top with carved rosette. Rosewood fingerboard, tied gut frets, rosewood peg head and rosewood pegs.
Lutes can have many different tunings (see tunings) as well as a variety of course numbers (string groups).
Although the soundboard usually is made of European spruce, the belly, neck, head and bridge can be made of a variety of wood species. Often used wood species are Maple, Rosewood, Pear, Cherry, Elm and Walnut. Tuning pegs can be made of e.g. Rosewood, Ebony or Boxwood.
Scale length 62 cm,
Tuning pegs made of Rosewood.
Tied gut frets. Hand polish.
13 course Baroque lute. European Spruce soundboard and Rosewood belly with white lining.
Spruce top with carved rosette
Neck and peghead made of Rosewood with Maple accents.
Baroque lute, 13 courses
Tuning pegs made of Boxwood. Ebony fingerboard
Tied gut frets. Hand polish finish.
Scale length 72 / 78 cm.
Small pear-shaped lute with flat belly.
The instrument was very popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. Available in spruce or cedar top and back made of maple or rosewood.
Scale length : 49 cm
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