Renaissance cittern. Available with chromatic (as picture) or diatonic fretting. Available with 8 or 9 strings in 4 courses.
Scale length: 41cm.
German/Alpine Spruce, European Ash, London Plane, Norway Maple, European Oak, Boxwood. Other wood choices available.
A cittern from 'Syntagma Musicum' by Michael Praetorius (Germany, 1620) labelled 'Klein Englisch Zitterlein' ('Small English Cittern').
Alternative model with diatonic fretting. This also has 8 strings instead of the usual 9, and a rose inserted from behind instead of the standard version carved into the soundboard. Fingerboard is African Padauk.
A side view of the body from the back showing many of the unique features of renaissance citterns, such as the tapering body, the p-shaped neck and the columns at the body join. Back and sides here are of European Sycamore and London Plane.
Close-up view of alternative diatonic model, showing the diatonic fretting. Fingerboard of African Padauk.
Close-up view of rose design, bridge and fingerboard end of chromatic model.
Side view from end of body.