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  • String length 59.2 cm
  • 8 ½ frets spaces
  • Model A
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The wide bodied outline of this design is based on a lute depicted in an early 16th century Venetian Altarpiece.

I originally introduced this six course model in 1980. It is based on an outline found in  Marziale'sCremona Altarpieceof 1507 (National Gallery, London); the cross sections of the back and the deep capping strip, are taken from the Warwick Frei. I prefer to build the eleven rib back from figured maple or ash without any filets, with a neck and pegbox made from plum, Swiss pear, or maple.

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