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    Gittern all finished. They'd have traditionally been carved from a single block, but I build mine from ribs like a small lute.


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    Cool instrument, Dusepo. What's the scale length and tuning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Clark View Post
    Cool instrument, Dusepo. What's the scale length and tuning?

    Best wishes,

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    Scale length of 44cm.

    This one is for a customer who is a mandola player, so it's tuned the same by their request: CGDA. There is limited evidence of what the traditional tuning would have been, but some sources suggest recurring fourths and fifths, so something like CGCG, DADA or similar intervals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusepo View Post
    some sources suggest recurring fourths and fifths, so something like CGCG, DADA or similar intervals.
    Ah, Ye Olde Crosstune...
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    Sound sample here: https://youtu.be/_FWqT9OJf4Y

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    Default Re: Medieval gittern

    Nice, Nylgut strings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sebastiaan56 View Post
    Nice, Nylgut strings?
    Just normal nylon from an oud set.

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