7-Course Lute, Lacewood, Taylor (Item Code: LT7CZT) The Taylor lute has a body made of solid lacewood staves, a rosewood fret board on a maple neck. The peg box is maple with a rosewood veneer and the tuners are ebony. The soundboard is made out of European spruce with a rosewood bridge and rosewood end pin. There are 15 nylon strings in 7 courses. The nut width is 67 mm.
The 7 and 8 course Renaissance lutes designed by Zachary Taylor are based on an instrument made by Hans Frei, the original of which may be seen in the Warwick Museum in England. This lute was made in Bologna about 1540 and since then may have been the subject of conversions to the stringing and the soundboard. Apart from shortening the string length from 670mm to 600, for ease of left-hand fingering, the instruments follow Hans Frei's principles of construction. Hard case included.