Roosebeck 7-Course Descant Lute
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Our 7-Course Descant Lute is a beautiful short necked instrument that has a classic bowl back fashioned of lacewood staves. The term, Descant, refers to its size; placing this lute just above the alto lutes. It has 13 nylon strings in 7 courses with a scale length of 19.75" (500mm). Suggested tuning is: G4, D4/D4, A3/A3, F3/F3, C4/C3, G3/G2, F3/F2.
There are eight tied nylon frets on a lacewood neck that features a Sheesham (Indian Rosewood) fretboard. The peg box is beautifully decorated lacewood with tuners of sheesham. The soundboard is made of European spruce with a sheesham bridge and end pin.
The European lute is featured in instrumental music from the early Renaissance to the late Baroque periods. It's early origins are vague, but it's common ancestor is the Egyptian oud. There is evidence of the lute in Europe as early as the 12th century, but it really became popular in the 15th century, falling out of use around 1800. The lute enjoyed a revival with the early music movement of the twentieth century, and has since grown in popularity.
Approximate Overall Dimensions:
Length: 25 inches
Width: 10.5 inches
Height: 6 inches
Included Accessories: Padded gig bag.
Actual instrument weight is approximately 1.3 lbs.
Made in Pakistan.
SPECIAL NOTE - No Warranty on Strings: Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. During the long journey to your home the elements affect the strings and may shorten their life expectancy and reduce their sound quality. On occasion, a string may fail during this trip; therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing them as soon as possible. Learning to change strings should be the first lesson learned when embarking on the journey of playing a new instrument.