Vihuela de mano (in Spanish) or Viola da mano (in Italian). Based on surviving instruments and iconography. Available with flat peghead with pegs from behind (as shown) or pegbox. Available with flat or vaulted back. Available with or without soundboard inlays. 6 courses.
Scale length: 55cm
German/Alpine Spruce, European Walnut, Norway Maple, European Ash, Boxwood. Other wood choices available.
Left: Engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi (Italy, 1510) showing example with pegbox. Right: A page from the book 'Libro de musica de vihuela de mano intitulado el maestro' by Luis Milan (Spain, 1536) showing example with flat peghead.
Side view from back, showing vaulted back.
Alternative version based on Raimondi engraving above, with different body shape, rose design and pegbox.
Back view of the same alternative version.
Close-up view of bridge, inlays and rose.
Close-up view of headstock.
Side view of alternative version.
A video and sound sample of this instrument being played. Playing by Christopher Stetson.