Would have usually been carved from a single block, but is here built from ribs like a lute. Available with 3, 4 or 5 single or doubled courses of strings.
Scale length: 44cm.
German/Alpine Spruce, European Cherry, Khaya, London Plane, Wych Elm, Boxwood. Other wood choices available.
On the left, part of 'Retablo de Todos los Santos' (Spain, 1375). On the right, part of 'Virgin of the Angels' (Spain, 1385). Both by Pere Serra.
On the left, part of 'The Investiture of Saint Martin of Tours' by Simone Martini (Italy, 1318). On the right, part of an anonymous altar decoration (Spain, 1350).
Close-up view of double rose and inlay.
Side view from back.
Back view of gittern with body of European Ash.
Front view of gittern with alternative rose design and fingerboard of Swiss Pear.
Side view of gittern with body of European Ash.
A video and sound sample of this instrument being played. Playing by Jo Dusepo.