Copy of a fluted-vaulted baroque guitar by Belchior Dias, Lisbon 1581, now at the Royal College of Music, London. The oldest surviving 5-course guitar, or a late vihuela, according to a long debate. The original is an exquisite instrument, with rosewood ribs bent in both ways, using a complicated technique that has been lost. It may have been made with steam bending, as has this version. The egg-shelled back supports itself remarkably well, and does not need bars, making this a very light and resonant instrument, with rosewood and ebony back, sides, and veneered neck. Tuned in g, with ten frets. The original rose and soundboard did not survive a repair made around the 18thC. , so this version borrows a graceful rose from the collection of the Royal College of Music.
A six-course lute, in the elongated Bologna style, built with a shell made in 1982 by Robin Linklater, UK. The details of the soundboard, neck and pegbox were based on Hans Holbein's painting "The Ambassadors". This lute is now available for hire at the equivalent of the Lute Society in Brazil. Robin Linklater kindly donated tools, seasoned wood and templates upon retirement. This instrument is half his, and we expect it to help students without the means to own an instrument.