"Martyn, yes I do agree that the 4 course guitar was around, around 1600. I've just posted a photograph which may suggest that the larger guitar was also. I've been meaning to write this up for ages. Other English…"
Home of Thomas Kytson, merchant and patron of music. His musicians included Edward Johnson and John Wilbye. The mural is not by a great painter, and has been extensively reworked. However we do seem to have here both a 'renaissance' guitar and…
"Martyn (H). I think (or hope) I spotted a senior moment - should be "replaced by a WIRE strung cittern shaped.." Leycester is quite definite about the wire; I think but haven't checked that Praetorius is also for the…"
"Now armed with a photograph of Tabley on the screen in front of me.
Leycester originally wrote " - Like unto this is the Instrument, we now usually do tearme a kit, some call it a Gitterne, wch indeed is onely a Treble Psittyrne ---" .…"
"There is one guitar-shaped cithrinchen in Dean castle, but the well-known Playford engraving, and the preparatory drawing (front and back of LS Journal XXI) show a small cittern, violin? and kit hanging together on the wall behind the citternist.…"
"Early gitterns - like the example in Eisenach were gut strung. The 'guiterne' name was also used for, or perhaps developed into, the 4 course guitar of Morlaye, Gorlier, etc in the middle of the 16th century. At the beginning…"
"There are quite a lot of varieties of 'parchment paper'. Some are difficult to glue, some are floppy. I bought several sheets of one reliable variety several years ago, and have been using it in combination with parchment for…"
"Hello Gavin, Jonathan, It has just struck me that 64 cm is rather short for a baroque guitar string length. I don't have your drawing, but on-screen I can see that the present 12th fret is some distance from the mid-string-length…"
"Please beware of ordinary chalk, which can lead to peg wear. For the past forty years I have used a combination of dry , hard soap (saved from cheaper hotels - better hotels have more expensive, softer soap!) and talcum powder. (My current tin…"
I believe that ground glass, washed sand and pulverised brick all appear in 16th and 17th century recipes for oil varnish. Their purpose was to clarify the varnish by attracting impurities which could then be filtered out.…"
I saw your pics, which drew my attention to you, I hope to make something from that period too but I'm gearing up to do some other projects first so it wont be till late next year before I look at anything else
thank you very much for accepting my request! I feel honored to have the opportunity to own your marvellous renaissance guitar. I know that a good instrument doesn't only sound good, but also teaches you how to play the instrument properly. There is no doubt that your guitar is of that kind. The absense of scalloped sides doesn't matter at all!
Ah but you had an unfair advantage, you knew who the subject in the photo was.
Anyways, thanks for taking the time to reply Peter, it's good to have the one that knows clear things up. I at first thought it was a cittern but decided against it because of the numbers of strings. Now I know ro look for other things as well.