Haddock 7-Course Renaissance Lute after Hieber
Hieber was a luthier active at the end of the 16th century in Venice. One of his 7-course lutes survives and is in Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels. It has been widely copied by today's luthiers as its string length of 59cm makes it perfect for lutes in G without much modification.
Stephen uses a variety of woods and materials for this 7-course lute. They are typically made of:
- Back - Sycamore & cherrywood ribs with a stained maple inlay
- Neck & Pegbox: Cherrywood
- Bridge & Fingerboard: Plumwood
- Pegs & Button: Boxwood
- Nut: Bone
- Soundboard: Alpine Spruce
- Finish: Oil Varnish
This lute has a string length of 595mm and is strung in unison with Aquila Nylgut strings. For replacement strings view the stringing chart for Haddock's instruments.