Plucked Instruments

brit-muse-citole-(1)

This is a step away from our usual entry level instruments.  Based on the citole in the British Museum, the original was converted to a fiddle by Elizabeth I.  This instrument started as a 4″ thick block of cherry.  It has a high grade spruce soundboard, maple tailpiece and bridge, walnut fingerboard, boxwood nut and Nylgut strings.  There is a carved dragon head and tailpiece.  It comes with a custom fitted case.  Available for immediate shipping.

SOLD

paris-citole-walnut

Based on the citole in a 14th C Paris MS, this instrument has a 4″ thick solid walnut body with a high quality spruce soundboard, white oak tailpiece, maple bridge, cherry fingerboard, boxwood nut, tied on nylon frets and synthetic gut strings.  It has good resonance and excellent volume.  The instrument is French polished.  It is available for immediate shipping.

$949.95US

reims-walnut

Based on the figure on the 13th C Reims cathedral.  It has a thick solid walnut body with a spruce soundboard, walnut tailpiece, maple bridge, maple fingerboard, boxwood nut and nylgut strings.  It has a narrower fingerboard somewhat more comfortable for smaller hands as well as the appropriate thumb hole.  Available for immediate shipping.

$749.95US

15-c-florence-vihuela

Based on a 15th C drawing from Florence, this vihuela has a solid cherry body (it has some character) with a spruce soundboard, cherry tailpiece, maple bridge, boxwood nut, tied nylon frets and nylgut strings.  It has exceptional resonance and good tone.  There is a hand rubbed French polish finish.  It comes alone, but a simple custom case is available at additional cost.

$649.95US

walnut-parma

Based on the 12th C Parma Baptistry, this citole has 5 strings instead of the original 4.  It has a thick solid walnut body with a high quality spruce sound board, walnut tailpiece, maple bridge, cherry fingerboard, boxwood nut, synthetic gut frets and strings.  There is a hand rubbed French polish finish.  It comes alone, but a custom case is available at additional cost.  Available for immediate shipping.

$699.95US

cantiga-maple

Based on the Cantigas de Santa Maria, this citole has excellent volume and resonance.  It has a solid maple body with a spruce soundboard, cherry tailpiece, maple bridge, walnut fretboard, boxwood nut, tied on nylon frets and nylgut strings is 4 courses.  There is a hand rubbed French polish finish.  It comes alone, but a custom case is available at additional cost.  Available for immediate shipping.

$749.95US

gitterns 

These gitterns are based on a number of 13th and 14th C examples.  Though they are quite compact, they have a startling amount of tone and volume.  One has a poplar body, the other cherry.  They have spruce soundboards, walnut tailpieces, maple bridges, walnut fingerboards and boxwood nuts.  The poplar instrument has tied nylon frets with classical guitar strings.  The cherry instrument has nylgut tied frets and nylgut strings.  They are both strung in 4 courses.  Available for immediate shipping.

Poplar $449.95US, Cherry $549.95US

gittern-uke

This instrument is in response to a common question: do you have anything tuned like a Ukulele?  While there is no evidence for specific ukulele tuning, reentry tuning is quite documentable and the specific uke tuning would not have been considered as meaningful, it is not outside the bounds of possibility.  It has a solid cherry body with a spruce soundboard, walnut tailpiece, maple bridge, walnut fingerboard, boxwood nut, nylgut strings and a French Polish finish.  While a very petite instrument, it has a surprisingly loud voice when played with a plectrum.  Available for immediate shipping.

$499.95US

13-c-mt-st-michel

Based on a 13th C MS from Mont St. Michel, this citole has a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, white oak tailpiece, maple bridge, walnut fingerboard, boxwood nut and nylon strings.  Available for immediate shipping.

$399.95US

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cantiga-citole

Our bargain citoles are based on the Cantigas de Santa Maria. These instruments have an exceptional tone and resonance.  They have a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, maple or white oak tailpiece, maple bridge, walnut or cherry or maple fingerboard, wood or tied nylon frets, boxwood nut and classical guitar strings.  An instrument is available for immediate shipping.

Temporarily out of stock

Here is a short video of this instrument being played.  This is not my preferred style of instrument, but you get the idea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2-9scpBVWE

sutton-hoo-lyre

Based on the remains of the Sutton Hoo lyre in the British Museum, this instrument has a solid figured maple body with a spruce soundboard, white oak tailpiece, maple bridge and nylon strings.  It is decorated with bronze ravens with acrylic enamel from Gaukler Medieval Wares.  These instruments are fairly quiet and are intended for vocal accompaniment as were the originals.  Available for immediate shipping.

SOLD

 

 

14-c-lincoln

Based on the 14th C Lincoln cathedral stained glass and some 13th and 14th C French illuminations, though somewhat simplified to keep costs down, this citole has a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, walnut tailpiece, maple bridge, walnut fingerboard, boxwood nut, tied on nylon frets and modern nylon strings.  It has excellent tone and volume and is available for immediate shipping.

SOLD

 

cantiga-citole-chords

This is a slightly different version of the Cantiga based citole above.  It has a longer neck and has 3  courses.  It is tuned, ADF#.  While this seems a little unusual at first, it is a D chord and this instrument, while capable of playing melodies, is specifically set up to play chordal accompaniment to singing or other instruments.  It has a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, white oak tailpiece, maple bridge, figured maple fingerboard, tied frets, boxwood nut and nygut strings from Aquila.  It is available for immediate shipping.

379.95US

 

15th-c-french

Based on a 1440-50 illumination, this would be considered either a plucked viol or early vihuela.  It has a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, walnut fingerboard, tied on nylon frets, maple bridge and tailpiece, boxwood nut and nylon strings.  Available for immediate shipping.

$399.95US

14-th-c-exeter-citole

Based on a 14th C. statue in the minstrel’s gallery in Exeter Cathedral, this citole has solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, white oak tailpiece, maple bridge, cherry fingerboard, ebony nut, tied on nylon frets and nylon strings.  Available for immediate shipping.

$334.95US

14th-c-vihuela

Based on the earliest example of a plucked viol or vihuela, this instrument has a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, maple nut and bridge, walnut fingerboard, ebony nut, nylon tied on frets and nylon strings.  This is an easy playing instrument.  Available for immediate shipping.

$499.95US

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Here is a 12 string cittern based on the 1520 Urbino instrument.  It has a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, mahogany fingerboard, maple bridge, boxwood nut and boxwood endcap.  It is strung with a set of Martin 12 string guitar strings and tuned to open G (DGDGBD instead of a guitar EADGBE).  Like all 12 strings, it requires a lot of tuning.  It has the appropriate thumb rest and tapered sound box like most citterns and has good volume for the size of instrument.   Available for immediate shipping.

SOLD

polish-gittern

Based on one of the few existing medieval instruments, the original was found in Poland and dates to c. 1400.   This gittern has a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, cherry fingerboard, walnut tailpiece, maple bridge, ebony nut and nylon strings.  It has 8 strings in 4 courses like the original, and is within a cm of the size of the original.  Because there is no sign of frets on the original, there are no frets on this instrument.  Though quite small, it does have a good tone.  Available for immediate shipping.

$399.95US

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Based on the citole in the British Museum, this has a solid tapered walnut body with a spruce soundboard, birch finger board, maple bridge, rosewood pegs, maple bridge, ebony nut, oak tailpiece and nylon strings. Available for immediate shipping.

$599.95US

large-st-mary-citole

A larger example based on the same St Mary’s Psalter, it is tuned GDG’D’ with the high D’ above middle C.  This citole has a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, walnut fingerboard, boxwood nut, rosewood pegs, maple bridge, oak tailpiece and nylon strings.  Available for immediate shipping.

$399.95US

 

ormesby-walnut

Another Ormesby citole, this instrument has a thicker solid walnut body with a spruce soundboard, mahogany fingerboard, boxwood nut, white oak tailpiece, maple bridge and nylon strings.  It has more than a full octave scale.  Available for immdeiate shipping.

$424.95US

14th-c-tickhill-psalter

Based on a citole pictured in the early 14th C Tickhill Psalter, this instrument has a thumbhole like the British Museum Citole and the Burgess Citoles.  It has a solid poplar body with a spruce soundboard, white oak tailpiece, maple bridge, walnut fingerboard, ebony nut and nylon strings.  Available for immediate shipping.

$ 424.95US