Hey guys !
So nice that we have this section in this forum, not only CG !
I want to share an interesting project of mine.
During my studies of oud construction I stumbled over an old relative of the oud. The oud arbi or kiutra.
I found not much info about this instrument but what I've seen made me fell in love.
It is slightly smaller than oud, scale length unknown for me, has 4-6 courses, a more or less straight pegbox and has these beautiful applications/clasp at the neck joint and endblock.
So my target was to build an oud/lute with arbi elements, a typical oud bracing pattern and this straight lute pegbox with machine heads.
It has 60cm scale 11 strings, slightly v-neck, low action and the sound is oud like.
This are the clasps during the building process.
And here the oil finished lute.
woods are pear (neck, pegbox, body) walnut (body) ind.rosewood (bridge, fingerboard, pegbox) spruce (top) maple (spacers)