Renaissance Lute after Gerle
60cm, 6-8 courses; after Georg Gerle c.1550 (Vienna A35) 11 ribs: the original is a 6 course lute in ivory with ebony strips between. Neck is inlaid with broad stripes and is deeper than a semicircle in cross section, typical of early renaissance 6 course lutes. Pegbox with inlaid ebony edging.
This is a fairly accurate copy of the original with hornbeam used instead of the ivory. For normal use I would recommend a hardwood edging such as ebony or boxwood to the soundboard which helps reduce wear on this vulnerable part. The original does not have this edging, which became almost universal on later lutes so if you prefer it to be unobtrusive I would recommend boxwood which is almost invisible.
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|This is another version of the same lute in heartwood yew with ebony lines between the ribs. Hornbeam fingerboard with ebony edging.