Anyone know lute measurements?

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  1. Itisnotlogical

    Itisnotlogical Commodore Commodore

    Jun 19, 2009
    Shufflin', shufflin', shufflin'...
    Recently, I've been feeling inspired to create a renaissance-style lute. I'm a far cry from a luthier, but I'm pretty sure that if I try hard enough I can at least make something that sounds pretty, and by Golly that's good enough for me.

    I've been digging about the Interwebz and so far I've found pictures of lutes in various stages of construction, lute-making kits for nearly $600, and vague descriptions of the steps involved, but nowhere have I found exact measurements, materials, etc.

    Does anybody here know the approximate measurements of a lute? What I need is the length, width, and thickness of the neck, body, and head, and maybe some advice on how to cut out the rosette over the sound hole, as shown here:


    Any help will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  2. DonIago

    DonIago Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 22, 2001
    Burlington, VT, USA
    You might try asking some Society for Creative Anachronism folks -
  3. Jadzia

    Jadzia on holiday Premium Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    How about this? These numbers look a bit small to me, but I don't know how big a lute is!

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  4. M'Sharak

    M'Sharak Definitely Herbert. Maybe. Moderator

    Aug 22, 2002
    Terra Inlandia
    They may be a bit small, but there was never really a standard size for a lute and proportions can be more important than exact dimensions, particularly where the shape of the soundbox is concerned.

    This looks like a good site to use as a guide for dimensions of the various pieces and materials from which the pieces can be made:

    There's also a page about the tools used.
  5. Alfredo

    Alfredo Cadet Newbie

    Jan 8, 2019

    I'm doing a math project in which I have to take measurements of different instruments, and I can't find a lute anywhere. By any chance did you find those measurements? They would be much appreciated.

  6. Brefugee

    Brefugee Living the Irish dream. Premium Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    The Republic of Ireland
    I hope your maths project goes well, I'm unsure if the OP will respond, they've not been active in nearly two years.
  7. Bad Father Christmas

    Bad Father Christmas I Am Not A Merry Man! Moderator

    Jul 5, 2004
    Locutus of Bored
    The post directly above yours by M'Sharak includes a link with measurements for a lute:

    Since the thread is over eight years old and the person you're asking is no longer an active poster here, I'm closing this down.
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