Based upon the Renaissance Lute which was prevalent in Europe in the 16th and 17th century, the Lute-kulele™ is one of the sweetest sounding ukuleles in our collection and is ideally suited for classical and finger-style music. This Tenor-sized instrument is based upon a 430 mm (17 inches) scale and features six strings. The second (E) and third (C) strings are doubled providing a rich full and balanced tone. It is played like any normal 4-string ukulele. It features a European spruce soundboard with the famous Leonardo Knot rosette which was a favorite of many Renaissance lute makers. The back is made in the traditional manner of lute-making and is made of staves of lacewood (Platanus orientalus). The neck and pegbox are solid sheesham rosewood and features a bone nut with a width of 37 mm (1 1/2 inch). This instrument is outfitted with traditional ebony lute pegs. The bridge is also made of sheesham rosewood. An end-pin strap button is standard.This instrument is available separately with an all-rosewood back (ULTRL) or a variegated back with alternating staves of rosewood and lacewood (ULTVL).