Lute Plans

Our lute plans were originally prepared by Robert Lundberg for the Erlangen Lautenbaukurs, an annual seminar presented in Erlangen, Germany, beginning in 1978. These plans are intended to accompany the theoretical information presented in the Lautenbaukurs, available in Mr. Lundberg’s book Historical Lute Construction.

These plans are not necessarily exact replicas of existing instruments. Components missing in the original instrument may be projected from available evidence. Some latitude has been taken to make them practical, workable instruments suitable to modern players.

The uninitiated should not attempt to make a first lute from one of these plans until they have read Mr. Lundberg’s book. The drawings present only the essential information needed to make a particular model of lute. There are a number of details that will not appear on the drawings, because they are developed from understood principles and relationships. Some of these missing details are: the outline of the cap, the juncture of the ribs and cap, the way the ribs flow together at the neck, the pattern of the rosette, details of the treble and bass bars, fine points of bridge construction, pegs, construction of forms, materials, thicknesses, and finishes.

14-cs Archlute, M. Sellas 1639 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #7)

Drawn by Robert Lundberg after the style of M. Sellas; 57/83CM measur. 24" × 54". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #17.)

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Plan #23 – 14-cs Archlute, M. Sellas 1639 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #7

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13-cs Baroque Lute, Dieffopruchar c. 1600 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #6)

Drawn by Robert Lundberg after M. Deiffopruchar; 76CM measur. 24" × 61". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #15.)

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Plan #22 – 13-cs Baroque Lute, Dieffopruchar c. 1600 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #6)

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7-cs Renaissance Alto Lute, Venere 1592 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #5)

Drawn by Robert Lundberg after the style of W. Venere; 58.4CM mensur. 24" × 54". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #14.)

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Plan #21 – 7-cs Renaissance Alto Lute, Venere 1592 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #5)

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10-cs Renaissance Lute, Dieffopruchar 1612 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #4)

Drawn by Robert Lundberg after M. Dieffopruchar; 65CM mensur. 24" × 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #14.)

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Plan #20 – 10-cs Renaissance Lute, Dieffopruchar 1612 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #4)

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8-cs Bass Lute, Dieffopruchar c. 1600 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #3)

Drawn by Robert Lundberg. Based on the work of Venice maker Magno Dieffopruchar. 76CM mensur. 24" × 54". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #13.)

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Plan #19 – 8-cs Bass Lute, Dieffopruchar c. 1600 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #3)

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6-cs Descant Lute, Venere c. 1580 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #2)

Drawn by Robert Lundberg. Based on the work of Padua maker Wendelio Venere. 44CM measur. 24" × 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #13.)

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Plan #18 – 6-cs Descant Lute, Venere c. 1580 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #2)

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6-cs Renaissance Lute, H. Frei c. 1530 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #1)

Drawn by Robert Lundberg. Based on the work of Hans Frei of Bologna. 62CM measur. 24" × 64". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #12.)

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Plan #17 – 6-cs Renaissance Lute, H. Frei c. 1530 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #1)

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