Vihuela de mano (in Spanish) or Viola da mano (in Italian). Based on surviving instruments and iconography. Available with pegbox (as shown) or flat peghead with pegs from behind. Available with flat or vaulted back. Available with or without soundboard inlays. 6 courses.
Scale length: 55cm
German/Alpine Spruce, Norway Maple, Sapele, 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, showing slightly vaulted back.
Side view of body, showing slightly vaulted back.
A video and sound sample of this instrument being played. Playing by Christopher Stetson.