german lute guitar project

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Philipp Lerche
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german lute guitar project

Post by Philipp Lerche » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:26 pm

Hey you guys !

I found an old lute body from a typical german "Wandervogel" lute guitar on a market. I couldn't left my hands off it.
These lutes were meant to get played by guitarists. 6 Strings and guitar scale. Typicially 45mm nut.

It was laying arround some time but now I found time to resurrect it. The spruce top is low end but good enough for that project.
The neck was made of pear which I cut myself a few years ago.
Fingerboard is walnut from germany too.
The bridge is the only thing which is rosewood.

It has a scale of 630mm and a ! 52mm ! nut, so every CG player could easily play it.
I made the head for pegs !
Looking forward to finish it the next days.

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Re: german lute guitar project

Post by Christopher Langley » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:45 pm

Wow, looking awesome Philipp.

Will you post a recording of it when you get it completed?
Boom boom boom boom.

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Re: german lute guitar project

Post by Philipp Lerche » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:20 pm

Thanks Christopher !
I oiled the lute traditionally. The last coat was dry today so I could string it up! :)
Aquila Ambra 900 which I love for old guitars doesn't sound that good though.

Just a little bit of string testing and fretwork and it is ready for some recording.
I will post some photos tomorrow.
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Re: german lute guitar project

Post by Philipp Lerche » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:28 am

Here you are :)

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Re: german lute guitar project

Post by David Norton » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:27 pm

That looks like a very nice restoration. I hope it has an acceptable sound to it after all that work.
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Re: german lute guitar project

Post by richtm » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:29 am

I a also looking forward to more details on this lute :D
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Re: german lute guitar project

Post by Christopher Langley » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:39 am

Duuuuude that's awesome.

We must hear it.
Boom boom boom boom.

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Re: german lute guitar project

Post by eno » Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:02 pm

WOW that looks awesome! I have a German lute, it's beautiful and in a good shape but unplayable for me because of too high action and too narrow nut.
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