Seven-course Yew lute after Frei by Clive Titmuss, 2020

Seven-course Yew lute after Frei by Clive Titmuss, 2020 SOLD! String length 615 mm. Yew-wood body with light hornbeam fillets, Engelmann Spruce belly with Florentine-style tracery rose, chip-carved border.  Rosewood binding, pegbox trim, fingerboard and veneered neck.  Plum pegs, buttons and pegbox. Elder-wood bridge with ebony veneer.  Gaboon Ebony nut.  Comes with a lined heavy-duty, case with locking hardware.   Luthier’s Notes:  This lute is not a typical six-course with an added string, but seems designed by Frei for seven courses. In the last quarter of the 1500’s, Mannerist elongation became common in art, and the design of lutes followed