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Historical Lute Construction

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by Robert Lundberg
The late author's masterpiece, and the definitive work on the lute.

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Minutely detailed, with seven reduced plans and over 600 step-by-step photos. This book has been praised by guitarmakers for its insight into Lundberg's mastery of woodworking techniques.

Contents in brief
  • The Erlangen Lectures on the bowl, belly, bridge, neck and pegbox
  • Making the form, bowl, belly and bridge
  • Tuning the belly
  • Completing the bowl and fitting the neck
  • Fitting the belly and planing the neck
  • Shaping, veneering and attaching the neck
  • Attaching the belly
  • Installing the points, fingerboard and half-binding
  • Making the pegbox and pegs
  • Finishing the bowl and installing the pegbox
  • Fitting the pegs
  • Finishing the belly and neck
  • Installing the nut, frets and strings
  • Appendices: plans, history and glossary

250 pages, hardcover 2002

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5 7-22-2012
Round back instruments

I really like how the history, development, and decline of the lute are explained. As a guitar player I'm interested in the lute as a precursor to the classical guitar. I wanted to see how a round back instrument is made. This book goes into much more detail than several books I have on classical guitar construction. I think it would be fun to make a ukulele or classical guitar with a lute style body shape and rounded back.

Josey Wales  Minnesota
5 7-20-2012
Historical Lute Construction

Excellent book and very well written by someone with a lot of experience- unusually good value

Mark Tindall  England UK Read my reviews (2)
5 5-20-2012
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Thanks for speedy and reliable delivery of the quality item I purchased- as usual your standards are excellent.

Flamark  England
5 4-07-2012

This work has had a lot of thought and experience invested in it. It is both a useful reference as well as a book that is just absorbing and gives food for thought as well as practical advice. A must for the library of any stringed instrument maker, I think, especially if you are embarking upon lute construction.

Peter E  Bristol uk Read my reviews (4)
5 10-16-2011
Historical Lute Construction

The section which I really liked was the one relating to how he "voices" the lute. It is very clear and precise and one I would like to see emulated in classical guitar construction books

nobledosser  Scotland Read my reviews (2)
5 5-23-2011

This book contains very valuable and very much the helpful information.
I recommend for all!

Sergy  Aktobe, kz Read my reviews (4)
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