Citole of Santa Maria’s Cantigas. This Citole is based in illustrations from Cantigas de Santa Maria (Spain, XIII century). Strung with nylgut with the string order as 1+2+2. Finished could be in oil or french polish.
Early Citole or Parma’s Citole. (XII Century) A Citole modeled after a sculpture in a Parma Italy baptistry. Finished in oil. Body and neck carved in a single piece of linden with a pine top. 4 synthetic gut strings.
A Tromba Marina is probably one of the more unusual instruments that was ever invented. This instrument had its Golden Age in the first half of the XVIII century but its history starts in the medieval monateries where was used to teach the physics of sound and to find the pitches. To play it we need to put the string in vibration using a bow and this causes one foot of the brigde to vibrate on the soundboard. The sound is like a trumpet.
Anglo-Saxon Lyre: It’s a frame lyre, with five to seven strings, played in the early middle ages. They were used by early medieval bards and storytellers. This model is a hollowed out monoxyle body in linden. Finished in oil. Strung with synthetic gut strings.
Moorish Guitar: This instrument appears in different documents like Cantigas de Santa Maria and the Libro de buen Amor, written by Arcipreste de Hita. It’s a mixed instrument between a Latin Guitar and a Lute. Could be played with a pick or with fingers. This reproduction is based on Cantigas de Santa Maria. The body is carved in only one piece of Linden, Butternut head, Zebrawood in the fingerboard and goat skin top. The instrument is using synthetic gut strings in courses 1+2+2 and finished in oil.
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.
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