Large Renaissance Bass Lute

76cm, 6-7 courses; my own design based around an Edlinger body. Although this is a baroque lute it is very much a renaissance outline, but with a discretely flattened back making such a large lute more comfortable to hold. It works very well as the bass in fourth apart duets.

This version was made in figured sycamore and varnished with a very red varnish to be as much an early renaissance, mid-sixteenth century instrument as possible. It has figured boxwood fingerboard without points and boxwood heart-shaped pegs.

For tuning in D or E.

Price: £3500
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And here is a version in plumwood with hornbeam strips between the ribs
Large Renaissance Bass Lute
The bass lute in action!
Photo courtesy of Philip Lord
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