In the collection at the Royal College of Music in London there is a fabulous guitar. This instrument was made by Belchior Dias in Lisbon, 1581. In its current condition it is set up as a guitar with five courses, but the small size of the body and short string length makes it a perfect model for a four course renaissance guitar and this is the configuration which I am currently offering.
Our version of the Dias Renaissance guitar has four double courses, (the first course is most commonly strung with a single string these days), with pear wood back and sides and a mahogany neck and head. The front is a AAA Engelmann spruce that is at least twelve years old with a three layer inset rose with two layers of wood over a parchmant background. The fingerboard and head plate are ebony along with ebony edge binding around the front. You have a choice of either ebony or boxwood for the pegs as well as an option for mechanical PegHeds, if you would like to use those. The strings that come standard on the instrument are synthetic, nylon, fluorocarbon with a wound nylon G-6 course and there is an option for a set of gut strings.
The basic instrument features:
- Back: Seven volute pear wood ribs
- Sides: Pear wood
- Front: AAA Englemann spruce with inset guitar rosette
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Pear with ebony edges
- Head: mahogany with ebony head plate
- Pegs: Ebony
- Strap button: Ebony
- Strings: Nylon
- Nut: Bone
You can order the instrument package here in the web store. We do require a 30% deposit on instruments, and when you put the instrument in the shopping cart this 30% will be calculated for checkout. When we get the order in the office, we will be in contact with you with the specifics about when the instrument will be delivered. Instruments currently take eight to ten months for delivery.
Instrument package includes:
- One year membership in the Lute Society of America
- One year warranty
Shipping will be added on to the price of the instrument and calculated for the transit between Duluth, MN and your location. Packing and insurance will be added to the shipping charge.
Please see the Terms of Sale/Shipping page for more information about deposits, warranties and shipping..