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A lute guitar or German lute (German: Gitarrenlaute, Deutsche Laute or Wandervogellaute, less commonly a lutar (modern Turkish), gui-lute or gittar) is a stringed musical instrument, common in Germany from around 1850. The instrument has a regular six-stringed guitar setup on a lute bowl, however there are many theorboed variants with up to 11 strings.
The instrument is associated with the Wandervogel countercultural movement in Germany in the first half of the 20th century.
The name German lute is sometimes also used for the waldzither, for both gaining the status of a national instrument in the early 20th century.
The headstock commonly ends in two styles, either a head (representing animals or humanoids) or a curve (into a flat finial, carved or undecorated). Less commonly, instead of gears, wooden pegs may be used to tune the strings. Lute guitar headstocks are thinner and more curved than their modern guitar counterparts.
Neck and fretboard
While the neck of a lute guitar is very similar to that of a modern classical guitar, the fretboard (or fingerboard) design is often different. The fretboard of a modern guitar extends down over the soundboard all the way to the sound hole. However, the lute guitar's fretboard may stop at the bottom of the neck, with the frets continuing down the soundboard independently. The fretboard is occasionally scalloped.
The body of the lute guitar is similar to the rounded body of the traditional lute. Several ribs (or panels) of curved wood (usually maple or rosewood) make up the back of body, glued to a wooden frame underneath. These ribs are sometimes painted to resemble the traditional (or stereotypical) perception of a medieval minstrel or jester. For example, ribs may be painted in alternating colors (e.g. white, green, white and so on).
Sound hole and rosette
A modern classical guitar usually has a simply cut sound hole. Lute guitars, however, may have intricate designs carved into the soundboard, such as geometric patterns or representational decorations such as flowers, castles, and scrolls. Alternatively, a simple hole may be cut and a pre-carved disk of wood then glued onto the inside of the soundboard; in some cases, multiple layers of disks are designed in a cascading effect.
The bridge of a lute guitar works in the same manner as a modern guitar bridge, but also serves as a decorative piece made in various shapes, sizes, and styles, often elaborately carved, for example, ending in swirls on each side.
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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:26:15 -0800
... direction of Joan Kimball and Bob Wiemken, offers a delightful program of music from the Renaissance period by William Byrd, Thomas Weelkes, John Dowland and others for voice, shawm, recorder, dulcian, sackbut, bagpipe, lute, guitar and percussion.
New Jersey Hills
New Jersey Hills
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:15:00 -0800
Specializing in solo and ensemble vocal music, Affetti will present an afternoon of vocal chamber music and instrumental songs and dances with lute, guitar and renaissance recorders, featuring selections by Des Prez, Monteverdi, Caccini, Peri, Dowland ...
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:22:30 -0700
During “The Living Roots of Music,” Lauren Pelon traces the story of music and performs music from around the world on archlute, guitar, lute-guitar, lyre, recorders, gemshorns, cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfeife, shawm, racket, pennywhistles ...
The Plain Dealer
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:09:46 -0700
Singers Ross Hauck and Amanda Powell are backed by AF stalwarts Tina Bergman, hammered dulcimer, Kathie Stewart, wooden flutes and pennywhistle, Brian Kay, lute, guitar and long-necked dulcimer, and René Schiffer, cello. Violinist Susanna Perry ...
The Times (subscription)
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:49:52 -0700
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Berkeley Daily Planet
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:15:00 -0700
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