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The lute can refer generally, to any plucked-string musical instrument with a neck (either fretted or unfretted) and a deep round back, or the more specific style of "European lute". The lute is used in a great variety of instrumental music from the Medieval to the late Baroque eras and was one of the most important instruments for secular music in the Renaissance. It evolved from the ancient Middle Eastern instrument, the oud.

It was popular and widely used in Europe from about the 12th century AD until well into the 18th century. After a period of disuse lasting more than a hundred years, interest in it revived during the 20th century.

Lutes are made almost entirely of wood. The soundboard is a teardrop-shaped thin flat plate of resonant wood (usually spruce). European lutes have a large, circular sound hole cut into the belly and ornamented with a perforated rose carved from the belly's wood.The back/shell consists of thin strips of hardwood joined edge to edge to form the deep rounded body.


Lute-Guitar, 6 String, Variegated Woods, Geared Tuning The lute-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. In keeping with the character of a lute, the 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 two alternating woods: Lacewood (Platanus orientalus) is a light-colored hardwood that has color similar to maple and has distinctive rays that provide what is known as a "beeswing" pattern. A member of the sycamore family, its timbre characteristics are similar to maple generally providing a brighter tone than rosewood. The dark-colored wood is sheesham rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo) that affords a warmer mellower tone. The combination of the two offers a blended timbre as well as a desirable look.

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.

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" and the scale length is 25 3/8", similar to a normal guitar. The instrument has a satin lacquer finish. GLNVG   $639.20  


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Roosebeck Deluxe 6-Course Lute Sheesham This 6 course lute features a bowl constructed of 25 fluted sheesham staves. The scale length is 600 mm. Materials: The neck, bowl, nut, bridge, and end pin are sheesham. The peg box is sheesham and lacewood. The soundboard is spruce. A hard case is included with the instrument.

Important Specifications:

Body/Bowl: 17.5 inches in length, 6.5 inches in width and 12.25 inches in height

Neck at Nut: 2.12 inches in width

Neck at Body Joint: 2.62 inches in width

Nut: 2.12 inches in width

Strings at the Nut: 1.75 inches in width

Strings at Bridge: 3 inches in width

Scale Length: 23.62 inches (60cm)

11 sheesham tuning pegs LT6DRS   $854.10  

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Roosebeck Deluxe 7-Course Lute Sheesham This 7 course lute features a bowl constructed of 25 fluted sheesham staves. The scale length is 600 mm. Materials: The neck, bowl, nut, bridge, and end pin are sheesham. The peg box is sheesham and lacewood. The soundboard is spruce. A padded gig bag is included with the instrument.

Important Specifications:

Body/Bowl: 17.5 inches in length, 6.5 inches in width and 12.25 inches in height

Neck at Nut: 2.5 inches in width

Neck at Body Joint: 3 inches in width

Nut: 2.5 inches in width

Strings at the Nut: 2 inches in width

Strings at Bridge: 3.5 inches in width

Scale Length: 23.62 inches (60cm)

13 sheesham tuning pegs LT7DRSN   $949.00  

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$949.00 Roosebeck Deluxe 8-Course Lute Sheesham & Canadian Cedar Eight course lute deluxe with a natural finish. There are 4 nylon wound strings and 11 rectified nylon strings. Its body has sheesham scalloped staves that have white pinstripes in between and the neck, nut, bridge, end peg and tuning pegs/levers are also made out of sheesham. The sound board is made out of Canadian cedar wood and its one sound hole has an intricate laser cut design. There is also a beautiful laser cut design on the back of peg box. This lute has 8 nylon frets on neck and 4 finished sheesham frets on sound board. The bridge is made out of sheesham with a top plate made out of cedar and has a moustache shape.

The tuning method for instrument is the normal 8 course tuning, but varies depending on player preference: (from high to low) G4, D4, D4, A3, A3, F3, F3, C4, C3, G3, G2, F3, F2, D3, D2. This instrument is made for a right handed player and you can easily attach a strap for playing because of end peg.

Accessories included are a padded gig bag and the book,
Learning to Play the Lute (LUTB).

Important Specifications:

Body/Bowl: 18 inches in length, 7 inches in width and 12.25 inches in height

Neck at Nut: 2.79 inches in width

Neck at Body Joint: 3.3 inches in width

Nut: 2.79 inches in width, .23 inches in height. Made from sheesham and has string slots

Scale Length: 23.68 inches

*15 sheesham tuning pegs/levers LT8DRCN   $899.10  

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Roosebeck Deluxe 8-Course Lute Sheesham This 8 course lute features a bowl constructed of 25 scalloped staves and a peg box with lace work. The scale length is 600 mm. Materials: The body is spruce soundboard with 25 staves for bowl. Neck is sheesham. The soundboard is spruce. Tuning peg are sheesham. A padded gig bag is included with the instrument.

Important Specifications:

Body/Bowl: 17.5 inches in length, 6.5 inches in width and 12.25 inches in height

Neck at Nut: 2.75 inches in width

Neck at Body Joint: 3.8750 inches in width

Nut: 2.75 inches in width

Strings at the Nut: 2.3750 inches in width

Strings at Bridge: 4 inches in width

Made from sheesham and has string slots

Scale Length: 23.6250 inches LT8DRN   $854.10  

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Deluxe 8-Course Lute Sheesham & Canadian Spruce Eight course lute with natural finish. Features sheesham scalloped staves that have white pinstripes in between on the body. The neck, end peg and tuning pegs/levers are also made out of sheesham. The Nut is made of Bone. The sound board is made out of spruce wood and its one sound hole has an intricate laser cut design. There is also a beautiful laser cut design on the back of peg box. This lute has 8 nylon frets on neck and 4 finished sheesham frets on sound board. The bridge is made out of sheesham with a top plate made out of lace wood and has a mustache shape.

This instrument is made for a right handed player and you can easily attach a strap for playing because of end peg.

The tuning method for instrument is the normal 8 course tuning, but varies depending on player preference: (from high to low) G4, D4, D4, A3, A3, F3, F3, C4, C3, G3, G2, F3, F2, D3, D2.

Accessories included are a padded gig bag and the book, Learning to Play the Lute (LUTB).
Important Specifications:
Body/Bowl: 18 inches in length, 6.5 inches in height and 12 inches in width
Neck at Nut: 2.75 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 3.37 inches in width
Nut: 2.75 inches in width. Made from Bone
String at Nut: 2.25 inches in width
String at Bridge: 4 inches in width
Scale Length: 23.5 inches
15 sheesham tuning pegs LT8DRSN   $999.00  

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8-Course Lute Sheesham & Canadian Spruce This eight course lute has a natural finish and is made for a right handed player. You can easily attach your own shoulder strap for playing to the end peg.

The body has sheesham staves accented white pinstripes in between. The neck, end peg and tuning pegs are also made out of sheesham. The nut is bone. The mustached bridge is sheesham, a top section of lacewood adds elegance and strength. The sound board is made out of Canadian spruce and the single sound hole has an intricate laser cut design. This lute has 8 nylon frets on neck and 4 finished sheesham frets on sound board. There are 4 nylon wound strings and 11 rectified nylon strings in seven courses of two strings and one course of a single string.

The tuning for this Lute is the normal 8 course tuning, but can vary depending on player preference. We suggest, from high to low: G4, D4, D4, A3, A3, F3, F3, C4, C3, G3, G2, F3, F2, D3, D2.

Accessories included: the book: Learning to Play the Lute" (LUTB) and a padded gig bag.

Important Specifications:
Body/Bowl: 18 inches in length, 7 inches in height and 12.25 inches in width
Neck at Nut: 2.79 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint: 3.3 inches in width
Nut: 2.79 inches in width, .23 inches in height. Made from sheesham and has string slots
Scale Length: 23.68 inches
15 sheesham tuning pegs LT8SRSN   $949.00  


Descant Lute, 7-Course, Lacewood Our Descant Lute is a beautiful short necked lute that has a bowl back of lacewood staves. There are eight tied nylon frets on a lacewood neck that features a rosewood fret board. The peg box is lacewood with tuners of rosewood. The soundboard is made of European spruce with a rosewood bridge and rosewood end pin. It has 13 nylon strings in 7 courses with a scale length of 19.75" (500mm).

The European lute is featured in instrumental music from the early Renaissance to the late Baroque periods. It's early origins are vague, but it's common ancestor is the Egyptian oud. There is evidence of the lute in Europe as early as the 12th century, but it really became popular in the 15th century, falling out of use around 1800. The lute enjoyed a revival with the early music movement of the twentieth century, and has grown in popularity. LTD7L   $611.10  

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7-Course Travel Lute, Rosewood

The rosewood travel lute has a body made of eleven solid rosewood staves, a rosewood neck and rosewood fingerboard. The peg box is solid rosewood attached at an angle of 135 degrees to reduce the depth of the instrument.  The tuning pegs and end pin are rosewood. The soundboard is made out of European spruce. There are eight nylon frets and four rosewood frets.  The recommended tuning is G2 G3  A2 A3  D3 D4  G3 G3  B3 B3  E4 E4  A4 (Gg Aa dd' gg bb e'e' a').  A nylon gig bag is included.

Materials:

Neck: Rosewood
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Peg Box: Rosewood
Bridge: Rosewood
Soundboard: Spruce
Soundboard Bracing: Spruce
Nut: Rosewood
Tuning Pegs: Rosewood

Dimensions:
Scale Length: 572mm
Overall dimensions: 800mm length, 230mm width, and 152mm depth
Nut Width: 190mm
Weight: Approximately Without Gig Bag: 0.79 kg or 1.75 pounds.
Weight: Approximately With Gig Bag: 1.36 kg or 3 pounds.


LTT7R   $521.10  

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Bass Guitar Lute with case A Cross between a harp guitar and a guitar lute, 12 nylon strings, 6 are bass strings Flamed Maple body, Spruce top, Rosewood fingerboard, Carved bridge, Carved rosette in soundhole, Carved Headstock, Geared tuners, Metal rod for stability
Comes with a case
Overall Length: 51"
Width: 14-1/2"
Nut Width: 1-15/16"
Scale Length: 25-1/4" (on the standard guitar neck), 35" (on the bass strings)
TUNING: Strings on fingerboard tuned same as guitar. Bass strings (starting with string just above guitar strings) D,C#,B,A,G,F#. This is common tuning, others are possible
Uses regular Classical strings on the guitar neck. LUT344/2   $3250.00  

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Nine Course Master Lute Traditional pieced Master Lute, with flamed Maple back and finely grained Spruce face. Features a carved rosette soundhole, traditional bent peghead, and Rosewood fingerboard, pins and bridge. True, traditional design gut frets with nylon strings. Includes a very sturdy, well made hardshell case. 17 strings in 9 courses. Sometimes also known as "Tenor Lute".

Sound Sample LUT346/17   $3850.00  

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Roosebeck Lute Harp *Blemished BLEMISHED: This lute harp is approximately 27" and has 22 nylon strings. It has a solid sheesham frame with a birch plywood soundboard. There are four soundholes on the back. Strings run from tuning pegs on the curved neck to an angled bridge on soundboard. The recommended tuning for this lute harp is diatonically (like the natural notes or white keys on a piano), from the longest to the shortest note: 


Longest note is tuned to C4
Shortest note is tuned to C7


Accessories Included:
Nylon case
Tuning tool LUTH-2S   $200.33  

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7 course Lute (second) Flamed Maple back, Fine-grained Spruce top; Rosewood fingerboard, pins and bridge; Carved rosette soundhole, and bent peghead. Also known as Tenor Lute. TUNING: DGCFADG or FGCFADG (13 strings in 7 courses) Slight finish repair blemishes. Plays and looks great though! Does not include case. SEC2808   $2900.00  

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