Description: Lute - Guitarra Latina (prototype)
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13th century lute/guitar based loosely upon illuminations from the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Handmade in Ashland, Oregon, by luthier Jacob Mariani, this instrument is a functioning prototype that sustained damage, and has sub-perfect outline symmetry. The original bridge cracked the top in two places, and was replaced by a lower-profile floating bridge. The cracks are now stable, but there is still a bit of sinkage in the top. However, this instrument plays well and has a full, quick sound. Five courses with a single on the bottom, tuned in G, with nylon strings. Italian spruce top, Madrone sides and back, maple neck, walnut fingerboard, olivewood pegs.
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