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EMS Heritage 8 Course Renaissance Lute after Hieber

9 reviews
£745.83 excluding VAT (UK Export Price)

This popular, affordable student lute from the Early Music Shop is made after original lutes by Hieber. It is an ideal instrument for a beginner and is highly recommended by our resident lute tutors Jacob Heringman and Wezi Elliott. 

Watch a short clip of this lute in action (performed by Jacob Heringman)! 

The 8 course lute is ideally suited for a beginner lutenist wanting to play a wide range of solo repertoire as well as lute-songs. It is also perfect for continuo playing!

Our own range of lutes were completely re-designed in 2015. There were many issues with our old lutes, for example the string-spacing and action. These issues have been addressed with these new designs as well as further improvements made.


  • Standard Tuning (Renaissance in g)
  • 600mm String Length
  • Aquila Nylgut Strings
  • Made of Lacewood, Sitka (Spruce) and Walnut
  • Includes a Semi-Rigid Gig Case
  • Free Lute Tutor Book
  • One Year's Free Membership to the UK's Lute Society (new members only)

    Lute Society Publications Books & CDs - including CDs by Jacob Heringman

    8 Course Stringing Schedule - Aquila D d, F f, G g, C c, f f, a a, d'd' g
    (For spare strings, simply use the product codes below to search our website)

    8th   D - AQUL200D
    8th   d - AQUL94NG  or AQUL88NG
    7th   F - AQUL165D
    7th   f - AQUL79NG   or AQUL76NG
    6th   G - AQUL150D
    6th   g - AQUL70NG
    5th   C - AQUL108D  or AQUL104D
    5th   c - AQUL52NG
    4th   f - AQUL82NG   or AQUL100D or AQUL88D wound
    4th   f - AQUL82NG   or AQUL100D or AQUL88D wound or AQUL40NG Octave
    3rd   a - AQUL64NG
    3rd   a - AQUL64NG
    2nd   d' - AQUL48NG
    2nd   d' - AQUL48NG
    1st    g - AQUL42NG or Pyramid PYR.45R

One Year's Free Lute Society Membership.
The membership includes a new members pack with 100 pages of beginner's music, annual journal, free gift CD and PDFs of the last two years' magazines, then members receive quarterly Lute News magazine, each with a music supplement, and a quarterly e-zine, with further music to play, plus the year's annual journal. Then there are invitations to our virtual meetings, on our Youtube channel, for members anywhere in the world to enjoy. We promise you won't run out of music to play or interesting things to read about this wonderful instrument.

Lute Society Publications Books & CDs - including CDs by Jacob Heringman

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Melody P.
United States United States
Very Pleased

I've been working on building a lute for the past year and while it is has been a fun project, I'm eager to start playing. The affordability of this student lute was too tempting to pass up and though it was still scary to spend so much, it is worth every penny. Everything was packed well and arrived safely and quickly. The lute has a beautiful sound and feels great to hold. The workmanship is high quality considering it is a beginner's lute; the ribs, soundboard, neck, and pegbox are all well made and finished. The semi-rigid carry case is nice to have and I appreciate the lute came strung with a full set of strings. If you're a beginner like me though, consider ordering a few extra sets of the high G4 string, I snapped two strings in a row while tuning (my own inexperience, no fault of the strings). Overall I'm very pleased with this purchase. I look forward to many, many hours of learning this lovely instrument!

Cathlene G.
United States United States
Amazing Instrument

I loved the lute they sent me, it sounds great and is beautifully crafted.

Dale H.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
A Nicely Finished Instrument

I have owned a baroque lute for many years and this is my first renaissance lute purchase. The workmanship looks to be excellent, especially so for an instrument in the lower-end of the expected price bracket. It's a surprisingly loud instrument with good intonation. Nylgut strings are a bonus and they sound superb. The lute has a playable string-action with good string spacing plus comfortable frets. I do enjoy the convenience of a gigbag and this is very welcome, but will definitely upgrade this as an option for particular occasions. Others have told me that they love the sound that this Heiber lute makes. The staff at the Early Music Shop are friendly and professional; the service and communications throughout the process from the initial order to after the delivery was first-class. I would definitely recommend this instrument as a first lute.

Kate M.
Guernsey Guernsey
Very happy with my new lute

I have a Charles Ford 8 course lute but wanted another lute for playing outside and in pubs etc and that had a strap button, so I bought this. The strings are further from the sound board so I can really play loudly when I want. It is beautifully made and the wood is all very nice looking. If anything it is louder than my Charles Ford although the tone is not so plummy, it’s is more guitar like in tone, but that may partly be just be the new strings settling in and it being brand new. The case is very good quality too. I’m delighted with my new instrument.

A Early Music Shop Customer
Benjamin C.
United States United States
Beautiful instrument, impeccable company

Instrument is beautiful and much more than had expected at this price entry. Additionally, we had trouble receiving abroad and company went above and beyond to remedy the situation. The craftsmanship deserves praise and the caliber of company will have us returning again. Have already shared this resource with friends and family. Highly recommend.