6-course lute in G
Based on Georg Gerle, (Viena KHM, A.35)
61-63 cms string length.
11 ribs in sycamore, pear or light fruit wood, with contrasting spacers in ebony or dyed wood.
European Spruce soundboard, neck in sycamore, fingerboard and pegs in pear or maple.
7 or 8-course lutes in G
Vendelio Venere (Bologna)
61-63cms string length
9 ribs in sycamore or other wood, contrasting spacers, ebony or rosewood fingerboard. Pegs and decoration in ebony or rosewood. Neck in sycamore or veneered cedar. Rose to be chosen from catalogue.
Giovanni Hieber (Brussels-Musée du Conservatoire Royale de Musique, C180)
58-61cms string length
Originally a 7-course lute, may be constructed as a 8-course instrument. 13 ribs in sycamore or rosewood. Spacers, neck, decoration and pegs as above.
Multirib (29), based on common features of late renaissance lutes. 59-61 string length, ribs in shaded or plain yew with black spacers (plain yew version). Light construction, neck made of cedar core, veneered in ebony. Fingerboard, pegs and lines in ebony.
Based in Hans Burkholtzer (Vienna NE48)
60-63 cms string length.
21 Ribs in sycamore, rosewood or yew. Spacers, neck and decoration as above.
10-course lute in F (or G)
A transitional instrument, whose surviving music uses all sorts of different tunings. May be built as a smaller instrument in G, by special request. This is by no means the most common form of the 10-course lute, and in fact there are no surviving models of this instrument in museums. Personally I believe that lutenists interested in more courses for the G tuned instrument will find better technical solutions in the Liuto Attiorbato or archlute.