Sunday 24 January 2016

New to the student range....

The student Lute-guitar is essentially a lute based on
Laux Maler (MI54) but tuned like a guitar in e b g d A E B/C (a =440Hz) 65cm string length, like the guitar so no changes to the left hand, but just by tuning the 3rd course down f sharp you also have a lute in e. This allows a guitar player to play an authentically constructed lute but in the familiar tuning, no need to learn lute tablature. However should you choose to learn lute tablature later the option of tuning down one string opens up a vast amount of new music not transcribed for the guitar from lute. This instrument can be used as a solo lute or  as accompaniment to ensemble as a tenor lute or to voice. The back is made of heartwood yew, the neck and pegbox are maple and the bridge and pegs are pear wood. The fingerboard is bog oak, the eco-alternative to ebony. Guitar players seem to love this instrument because it allows them to play a light-weight lute-guitar as opposed to the heavier ones seen online that derive from the wandervogel or swedish theorbo. Below is a sample of what music can be played on the instrument: