- String length 58.7 cm
- 8 ⅔ fret spaces
- Model WT
Modelled on the 1592 Venere alto lute now in the collection of the Academia Filarmonica di Bologna.One of few late sixteenth century lutes to remain unaltered. The version shown is based on the form and outline of the original instrument, but has a simpler back of 13 figured maple ribs, with a neck and peg-box in fine grained plum, and an ebony fingerboard and belly edging. I also build this model with a back of 25 heartwood yew ribs and white filets - as on the original. Although the Venere lute is veneered with decorative stripes on the neck and peg-box, paintings of the period show that lutes with multi rib backs often had plain necks. Please note that price for the multi rib version with an ebony veneered neck £5400.
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