Our Lute-Guitar, Nylon, Rosewood, Gears, Dbl is a Double Bowl Guitar with 6 Strings and made of Rosewood and gear tuned. The double bowl guitar is an attractive and lightweight instrument of a similar size and scale to a standard classical guitar but with a body like a lute, with a twist. The double bowl-shaped body is achieved by edge-gluing together staves of uniformly thin hardwoods bent to a specific shape with no heavy internal bracing to retain its form. The bowl is made of sheesham rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo) that affords a warm, mellow tone.
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. Our resident luthier spent time working with Kohno in Japan and received access and permission to this bracing design.
The mahogany neck has a shape is similar to a classical guitar with a 51mm (2 inch) wide nut of ebony. The top of the peg box has a woman's head carved on the top. Using standard nylon 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 40 ½" and the scale length is 25 3/8", similar to a normal guitar. The instrument has a satin lacquer finish. A padded nylon zippered soft case is included with this instrument.
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