Mid-East Lavta with Gig Bag

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Lavta, with Soft Case (Item Code: LAUT) The Lavta was popular in the an early 20th century among Greek and Armenian players. The lavta has a body made of solid wood staves, 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. There are 7 nylon strings in 4 courses, 3 paired and 1 single. Comes set up for CGDA tuning.

Approximately 31 x 12 inches. Includes padded gig bag.

Item overall: 31" L x 6" H x 12" W
Body/Bowl: 17" L x 6" H x 12" W
Body: mahogany and walnut staves; mustache; inlay
Neck: mahogany and walnut
Soundboard: The sound board is spruce with black pick guard
Strings: There are 4 courses of 7 strings - 3 nylon wound and 4 nylon
Tuning Pegs/Levers: 7 pegs made out of wood
Nut: Made from bone. Neck at Nut: 1.5" W; Nut: 1.5" W 
Neck at Body Joint: 2.25" W
Bridge: wood Strings at Bridge: 2.25" W 

Scale Length: 11"

String Notice


There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.

Item Specifications

Item Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Item Weight with Case: 2.45 lbs.
Item Length: 31 Inches
Item Height: 6 Inches
Item Width: 12 Inches
Origin: TR
UPC: 844731008658

Shipping Specifications

Packed Weight: 10 lbs.
Ship Weight: 41 lbs.
Ship Length: 37 Inches
Ship Height: 19 Inches
Ship Width: 13

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