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Item Overall: 33.5 inches in length, 14.5 inches in width and 7.5 inches in height
Body/Bowl: 20 inches in length, 14.5 inches in width and 2.5 inches in height
Neck at Nut: 1.5 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 2.25 inches in width
Nut: 1.5 inches in width, natural cattle-bone
Strings at the Nut: 1.25 inches in width
Strings at Bridge: 3.125 inches in width
Scale Length: 24.2 inches
Nylon gig bag
European spruce is used for the soundboard and, in keeping with the design of 16th-Century lutes, its soundhole is a carved rosette in an attractive geometric pattern which is cut into the soundboard itself and is not inlaid of different material. Most exciting is that the soundboard bracing pattern follows bracing used in world-famous Kohno classical guitars.
The mahogany neck has a shape is similar to a classical guitar with a 45mm wide nut of ebony. The top of the peg box has a woman's head carved on the top. Using standard steel classical guitar strings, it is tuned like a guitar in e, b, G, D, A, E tuning. If it is to be used for lute music, the 3rd string may be tuned a semi-tone down to F# to enable lute fingering. The guitar is outfitted with smooth-operating gold tuners with black ebonized tuning key buttons. The overall length is 1030mm and the scale length is 647mm, similar to a normal guitar. Satin lacquer finish. A bi-directional truss rod is installed to compensate for any changes in neck curvature.
The body has a classic bowl back fashioned from lacewood staves. There are eight tied nylon frets on a lacewood neck that features a sheesham fret board. The peg box is beautifully decorated lacewood with sheesham tuners. The soundboard is made of European spruce with a sheesham bridge and sheesham end pin. Includes padded gig bag.
The European lute is featured in instrumental music from the early Renaissance to the late Baroque periods. It's early origins are vague, but it's common ancestor is the Egyptian oud. There is evidence of the lute in Europe as early as the 12th century, but it really became popular in the 15th century, falling out of use around 1800. The lute enjoyed a revival with the early music movement of the twentieth century, and has grown in popularity.
Body/Bowl: 25 inches in length, 5.75 inches in height and 10.25 inches in width
Scale Length: 19.75 inches
Scratch & Dent Savings!!! Product codes ending in "-1S" or "-2S" are blemished. They are new and unused with superficial blemishes that may include, blisters in the finish, scratches, dents, stains, discoloration, rust or pitting on metals, imperfect glazes, non-structural repairs such as putty in nail holes, or other surface marks. The irregularity does not affect the play ability or sound quality of the instrument. These are a good value.
There are 3 drone strings that run between the 2 main strings and the 10 swarmandal style strings. The 2 main string are strummed or plucked by the right hand, while the fingers of the left hand depresses the keys to change the notes. The 30 typewriter-style keys are coded black and white, similar to piano keys. The 10 drone strings are strummed like a swarmandal.
The instrument comes with all required cords and accessories and is compatible with most guitar amplifiers. There is a double pick up with tone and volume control. The instrument is over 36-inches long.
Hard case included.
Tune the shahi baaja to C. The 2 melody strings tune to G. The third white key from the bottom is your tonic C. The 3 strings are the drones; tune these to C-G-C. The 10 string representing the swarmandal can be tuned from low to high: C-C-C-Eb-F-G-G-Bb-C-C. You may find many tuning that work.
Taylor based his special design on a guitarino made in 1646 by Giovanni Smit. Smit's instrument is currently on display in the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna. Some features of that original one were changed for practical reasons. The Smit has an arched back made of separate strips, similar to the lute, but this feature was replaced with a flat back to reduce production time. Separate strips were retained for the sake of decoration but some costly cosmetic ornaments were excluded as they contributed little to the guitarino's sound or functionality.
Originally, strings and frets were made of gut, which were tied around the neck. Tied frets represent a strong reference to the original instrument but are sometimes troublesome. Changes in humidity, temperature, and clumsy handling can cause changes in the fret location, making replacement difficult for an inexperienced player. For these reasons, the designer, maker and suppliers decided on metal frets as a standard feature.
When used in the guitaristic sense, the word 'course', refers to more than one single string and possibly as many as three. A common modern example may be seen in the mandolin and bouzouki. On the guitarino, two strings in a course may be tuned in unison or in octaves. Where octaves are used for the lower strings, usually one of the strings is tuned an octave higher than the normal, fundamental, string. Various tuning methods of the Renaissance guitar are known, but it was decided to offer this wonderful instrument with its pairs tuned in unison.
Interestingly, near the end of the 19th century, the Portuguese took with them to Hawaii, the braguinha, where it was swiftly absorbed into the folkloric culture. The local musicians called it ukulele, or 'jumping flea' in Hawaiian. It is perfectly feasible to play ukulele music on the four-course Renaissance guitar and vice-versa!
The Guitarino comes strung with the Roosebeck™ 4-Course Renaissance String Set (Item Code RBSRG4C), with the recommended tuning being G3 G3 C4 C4 E4 E4 A4 (gg c'c' e'e' a'a'). Each instrument is carefully set up for optimum action (string height): between 0.5-0.7mm at the 1st fret for all strings; 3.0-3.5mm at the 10th fret for the 1st course; and 3.5-4.0mm at the 10th fret for the 4th course. Each Guitarino comes with a Roosebeck™ Guitarino Hard Case which provides exceptional protection for your instrument. This case features a rugged, faux leather exterior, plush cushioned interior, and a locking fastener.
Back: Walnut & Maple
Head Stock Plate, Fretboard and Bridge: Sheesham
Soundboard Bracing: Spruce
Scale Length: 425mm
Overall dimensions: 635mm length, 155mm width, and 62mm depth
Fretboard Width: 38mm at the 1st fret and 41mm at the 8th fret
Weight: Approximately .43 kg or .95 pounds.
It is very important that the instrument is stored in a humidity controlled environment, especially where the relative humidity is less than 50%. A case humidifier is a great way to protect your investment. It may be necessary to re-oil the fretboard every few months with Lemon Oil (Item Code PW-LMN). A Pick Guard (Item Codes SS-1P-C and SS-2P-C) is not included, but, can be added for protection.
Body/Bowl: 17.5 inches in length, 6.5 inches in height and 12.25 inches in width
Neck at Nut: 2.12 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 2.62 inches in width
Nut: 2.12 inches in width
Strings at the Nut: 1.75 inches in width
Strings at Bridge: 3 inches in width
Scale Length: 23.62 inches (60cm)
11 sheesham tuning pegs
G4, D4, D4, A3, A3, F3, F3, C4, C3, G3, G2
Double toomba, hand carved spiral tuning pegs on the 7 main strings and standard pegs on the 11 sympathetic strings. Decorations and colors will vary. These are all individually made and will be unique.
Includes extra string set, mizrabs, information and tuning guide, and padded nylon gig bag.
The body has sheesham staves accented white pinstripes in between. The neck, end peg and tuning pegs are also made out of sheesham. The nut is bone. The mustached bridge is sheesham, a top section of lacewood adds elegance and strength. The sound board is made out of Canadian spruce and the single sound hole has an intricate laser cut design. This lute has 8 nylon frets on neck and 4 finished sheesham frets on sound board. There are 4 nylon wound strings and 11 rectified nylon strings in seven courses of two strings and one course of a single string.
The tuning for this Lute is the normal 8 course tuning, but can vary depending on player preference. We suggest, from high to low: G4, D4, D4, A3, A3, F3, F3, C4, C3, G3, G2, F3, F2, D3, D2.
Accessories included: the book: Learning to Play the Lute" (LUTB) and a padded gig bag.
Body/Bowl: 18 inches in length, 7 inches in height and 12.25 inches in width
Neck at Nut: 2.79 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 3.3 inches in width
Nut: 2.79 inches in width, .23 inches in height. Made from sheesham and has string slots
Scale Length: 23.68 inches
15 sheesham tuning pegs
Body/Bowl: 17.5 inches in length, 6.5 inches in width and 12.25 inches in height
Neck at Nut: 2.5 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 3 inches in width
Nut: 2.5 inches in width
Strings at the Nut: 2 inches in width
Strings at Bridge: 3.5 inches in width
Scale Length: 23.62 inches (60cm)
13 sheesham tuning pegs
Item overall: 48" L x 12" H x 14" W
Body/Bowl: 10.5" L x 11" H x 14" W
Nut: 4.5 Inches Neck at Nut: 3.5" W
Neck at Body Joint: 3.75" W
String at the Nut: 1.5" W Strings at Bridge: 1.5" W
Scale Length: 34"