Who builds more guitar-like lutes these days?

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Who builds more guitar-like lutes these days?

Post by Charles Mokotoff » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:33 pm

I am toying with the idea of playing lute again, but, for sure, don't want a super light instrument with gut or nylgut strings. I'd like to play it with my guitar technique like I used to many years ago...just looking for recommendations for instruments or builders who do anything along these lines.
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Post by GuitarVlog » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:51 pm

pogmoor mentioned these folks who build single-course lutes with harder tension strings.

http://www.liuto-forte.de/

I mentioned it here and found a video:

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Post by Charles Mokotoff » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:54 pm

Thanks, but I was thinking double strung and tuned to G, I used to do fine with that and nails/guitar technique, just not something terribly light. Are there any guitar builders who also make lutes these days?
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Re: Who builds more guitar-like lutes these days?

Post by James Lister » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:25 pm

segoviajr07 wrote:Thanks, but I was thinking double strung and tuned to G, I used to do fine with that and nails/guitar technique, just not something terribly light. Are there any guitar builders who also make lutes these days?
I'm sure there are - although the only one I really know of is Tony Johnson. I'm expecting to join the list soon by making my first lute this year.

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Post by GuitarVlog » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:28 pm

segoviajr07 wrote:Are there any guitar builders who also make lutes these days?
I think Michael Thames used to build lutes but stopped. Here's his old site with lute offerings:

http://www.thamesclassicalguitars.com/oldsite/sub6.htm

He might be one of the most experienced guitar builders to construct a lute with guitar-like qualities if you could convince him to build you one. Send him a DM. (Is he back from Thailand already?)

http://thamesclassicalguitars.com/

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Re: Who builds more guitar-like lutes these days?

Post by David Norton » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:42 pm

Darren Hippner is building me an 8-string alto guitar, 570mm scale, for the purpose of playing renaissance lute music with guitar technique. I would bet he'd make you a double-string style if you were looking to get octave bourdons used. You'd have to use lute-atrings, but that shouldn't matter much.
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Post by Charles Mokotoff » Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:22 pm

David_Norton wrote:Darren Hippner is building me an 8-string alto guitar, 570mm scale, for the purpose of playing renaissance lute music with guitar technique. I would bet he'd make you a double-string style if you were looking to get octave bourdons used. You'd have to use lute-atrings, but that shouldn't matter much.
that's a good tip...sorta want it to look like a lute though, wonder if he'd do that.
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Post by Valéry Sauvage » Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:54 pm

segoviajr07 wrote:Thanks, but I was thinking double strung and tuned to G, I used to do fine with that and nails/guitar technique, just not something terribly light. Are there any guitar builders who also make lutes these days?
There is also an option for liuto forte with double strings.
About G tuning, it is not the only lute tuning, many lutes are tuned to A, D, E, F, ... So don't worry about G tuning.
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Re: Who builds more guitar-like lutes these days?

Post by Aaron Green » Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:09 pm

Hi Charles
I have a friend with an old David Rubio lute, built for him in the 70's. If you are interested, shoot me an email

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Re: Who builds more guitar-like lutes these days?

Post by Charles Mokotoff » Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:56 pm

Valéry Sauvage wrote:
segoviajr07 wrote:Thanks, but I was thinking double strung and tuned to G, I used to do fine with that and nails/guitar technique, just not something terribly light. Are there any guitar builders who also make lutes these days?
There is also an option for liuto forte with double strings.
About G tuning, it is not the only lute tuning, many lutes are tuned to A, D, E, F, ... So don't worry about G tuning.
Hi...yes, I am aware, but I am also an old (retired) lute player, and know what I need...top course needs to be G.
I see the liuto forte comes tuned in G...have you ever personally played one?
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