The steel string lute-guitar is an attractive and lightweight instrument of a similar size and scale to a standard classical guitar but with a body like a lute. In keeping with the character of a lute, the bowl-shaped body is achieved by edge-gluing together staves of uniformly thin hardwoods bent to a specific shape with no heavy internal bracing to retain its form. The bowl is made of two alternating woods: Lacewood (Platanus orientalus) is a light-colored hardwood that has color similar to maple and has distinctive rays that provide what is known as a "beeswing" pattern. A member of the sycamore family, its timbre characteristics are similar to maple generally providing a brighter tone than sheesham. The dark-colored wood is sheesham (Dalbergia sissoo) that affords a warmer mellower tone. The combination of the two offers a blended timbre as well as a desirable look.
European spruce is used for the soundboard and, in keeping with the design of 16th-Century lutes, its soundhole is a carved rosette in an attractive geometric pattern which is cut into the soundboard itself and is not inlaid of different material. Most exciting is that the soundboard bracing pattern follows bracing used in world-famous Kohno classical guitars.
The mahogany neck has a shape is similar to a classical guitar with a 45mm wide nut of bone. The top of the peg box has a woman's head carved on the top. Using standard steel classical guitar strings, it is tuned like a guitar in E4, B3, G3, D3, A2, E2 tuning. If it is to be used for lute music, the 3rd string may be tuned a semi-tone down to F# to enable lute fingering. The guitar is outfitted with smooth-operating gold tuners with black ebonized tuning key buttons. The overall length is 1030mm and the scale length is 647mm, similar to a normal guitar. A bi-directional truss rod is installed to compensate for any changes in neck curvature. Satin lacquer finish.
Accessories Included: Padded gig bag
Item overall: 40.5" L x 6.5" H x 12.5" W
Body/Bowl: 19.75" L x 6.5" H x 12.5" W
Body & Neck: The body is sheesham and varigated lacewood and neck is sheesham on top of mahogany
Nut: bone; Neck at Nut: 1.75" W; Nut: 1.75" W
Neck at Body Joint: 2.5" W
Strings at the Nut: 1.5" W
Strings at Bridge: 2.5" W
Scale Length: 18"
Soundboard: The sound board is spruce and has 1 laser cut rosette sound hole
Frets: There are 19 metal frets
Tuning Pegs/Levers: There are 6 mechanical geared right angle tuning pegs/levers with a 14:1 ratio.
Strings: 6 like a classical guitar
Tuning: We recommend using the standard for classical guitar tuning: 1 (E4), 2 (B3), 3 (G3), 4 (D3), 5 (A2), 6 (E2).
SPECIAL NOTE ON STRINGS:
There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.
Item Weight: 3.2 lbs.
Item Weight with Case: 4.4 lbs.
Item Length: 40.5 Inches
Item Height: 6.5 Inches
Item Width: 12.5 Inches
Packed Weight: 15 lbs.
Ship Weight: 54 lbs.
Ship Length: 47 Inches
Ship Height: 13 Inches
Ship Width: 18 Inches