This quality instrument was hand built by master luthier Yapim. The Lavta was popular in the early 20th century among Greek and Armenian players. The lavta has a body made of solid striped wood, a guitar-like neck with tied movable nylon frets, a ‘mustached' bridge and inlayed rosette. The pegbox is at a sharp angle to the neck, like the oud. The tuning pegs are violin style friction pegs. The Lavta is sometimes called a Laouta (ending in a) but not a Laouto (ending in o) which is a different instrument. The Lavta is more of a melody instrument which has a much lower tension on it than a true Laouto. It is played, like and oud, with a long thin plectrum.
Accessories Included: Soft Case Lightly Padded
Item dimensions: 34" L x 6.5" H x 12.25" W
Body/Bowl: 17" L x 6.5" H x 12.25" W
Body & Neck: Laminated wood with dye-infused black and brown stripes
Soundboard: Spruce with 1 sound hole that has a carved rosette cover. Features a black pick guard to help prevent scratching sound board.
Tuning: Comes set up for C-G-D-A tuning. Tuning Pegs/Levers: There are 7 wooden pegs and 4 courses of strings
Strings: There are 7 strings in 3 courses of 2 and 1 single bass string. The first course has 2 monofilament strings and the rest are wounded.