Six course Renaissance lutes

The earliest printed music for the six course lute was published in 1507, though the instrument had existed in Italy as early as the 1470s. Although now mainly associated with the music of the period 1500-1550, its use was still strongly advocated by Vincenzo Galilei as late as 1584, and was played by many English lutenists into the1590s.

Original design

Original design

  • String length 53.5 cm
  • 8½ fret spaces
  • Model HH

A small instrument for players who like the vitality and brightness of lute in a‘.

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Original design

Original design

  • String length 59.2 cm
  • 8 ½ frets spaces
  • Model A

The wide bodied outline of this design is based on a lute depicted in an early 16th century Venetian Altarpiece.

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Georg Gerle

Georg Gerle

  • String length 59.8 cm
  • 8 ½ frets spaces
  • Model G

Based on the original unaltered ivory lute by George Gerle.

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Hans Frei

Hans Frei

  • String length 63/64
  • 8½ fret spaces
  • Model E

This is based on the smaller of the two original Frei lutes in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

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Hans Frei

Hans Frei

  • String length 70 cm
  • 8½ fret spaces
  • FF

Modelled is the original instrument by Hans Frei in Warwick County Museum.

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