Technical description: Calfskin membrane. Metal tension hoop and points. Bridge of walnut. Kidney shaped brass string holder, the strings pass under the holder and attach on knobs at the bottom. Brass string mute between the string holder and the bridge. Black-painted maple sides and back, the back domed with a brass button in the centre. Mahogany heel, V-shaped neck and head, all of one piece, smoothly flowing into each other. Ebonised head and fingerboard. 6 brass tuners with plastic imitation ivory knobs on head, 3 on each side. Imitation ivory nut. Fifth string has raised button just in front of fifth fret, then goes under fingerboard to tuner on head. One tuner not used. Mother-of-pearl dot markers on fingerboard, one at frets 3, 5, 10, 14, and two at frets 7, 12, and 17. 22frets in total. Neck width 33.0mm at nut, 49.5mm at body. Screwed in iron rings act as strap holders at the bottom of the instrument, and on the bass side of the neck near the body. Repair History: The bridge is a replacement.
Probably 1st half of the 20th century
University of Edinburgh
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- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.312-5 Spike box lutes or spike guitars sounded by the bare fingers
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- Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.312-5 Spike box lutes or spike guitars sounded by the bare fingers
- Repository:University of Edinburgh
- Measurements:878.Body diameter: 208 (membrane), 275 (body).
- View the original record:https://collections.ed.ac.uk/mimed/record/17185