Renaissance guitar (Four-course guitar) The Renaissance guitar contained four pairs of strings called courses. The Renaissance guitar shared most similarities with the Spanish vihuela, a six-coursed instrument with similar tuning and construction.This guitar is a plucked box-lute chordophone of Renaissance (16th century) Europe. Instrument inventories of royal households from that period include guitars, indicating performances on them were part of the musical culture of European nobility and aristocrats. Given the number of guitar tutors published for amateur players of varying levels of accomplishment the guitar must have also been a part of the musical life of non-aristocratic social strata. A substantial repertoire of solo works written for the four-course Renaissance guitar survives. Based in Belchior Dias, Lisbon (1581). My simplified version has four double courses. String Length: 530mm Body and neck: Cherry (ask for other woods) Top: Spruce Bridge: Ebony or Pear Inlays: Walnut, Purple heart, Maple, Ebony Rosette: Pear and Pergamine paper.