Martin de Witte, maker of lutes and guitars, The Hague, The Netherlands

Martin de Witte, maker of lutes and guitars, The Hague, The Netherlands

renaissance lutes, archlutes, theorbos, chitarrones
and baroque lutes

6 course lute

Based on the lute in Holbein's "Ambassadors" (1533). String length 58 cm. Tuned in g’. 11 Ribs in maple. Neck veneered with boxwood, the pegs are stained boxwood.

6 Course lute

6 Course lute

6 Course lute

6 course bass lute

Based on an anonymous painting from ca. 1540 (Flemish school). String length 72 cm. Tuned in d’. 9 Ribs in plum. Boxwood veneered neck.

6 Course bass lute

6 Course bass lute

6 Course bass lute

Discant lute

7 course descant lute

After Wendelio Venere
String length 44 cm.
Tuned in d’’.
Yew 19 ribs.

Discant lute

8 course lute

After Wendelio Venere, 1592.

Yew 25 ribs.

Venere lute

Venere lute

Venere lute

Venere lute

8 course lute

After Wendilio Venere, 1592.

String length 59 cm.

Tuned in g’.

Yew 17 ribs.

Venere lute

Venere lute

8 course bass lute

Originally the same instrument as the 6 course bass lute (above), but with courses added and other modifications in 1600 style.

String length 72 cm.

Tuned in d’.

Maple 9 ribs.

Tuning pegs: plum with tagua nut decoration.

8 Course bass lute

8 Course bass lute

8 Course bass lute

10 course Lute

After Hans Frei.

String length 62 cm.

11 ribs of ”birdseye” maple.

Neck ebony / bone.

Frei 10 course lute

Frei 10 course lute

Frei 10 course lute

10 course Lute

After Matteo Sellas.

String length 58 cm.

Ribs of yew.

10 course lute

10 course lute

Frei 10 course lute

11 course baroque lute

After Greiff, 1610.

String length 68 cm.

41 Ribs of yew.

Greiff baroque lute

Greiff baroque lute

Greiff baroque lute

11 course baroque lute

After Greiff.

String length 65 cm.

31 Ribs of yew.

Greiff baroque lute

Greiff baroque lute

Greiff baroque lute

13 course baroque lute

After Hoffmann.

String length 70 / 76 cm.

11 Ribs of maple with ebony spacers.

Hoffmann baroque lute

Hoffmann baroque lute

Hoffmann baroque lute

13 course Baroque lute

After Burkholzer, 1596.

String length 69 cm.

15 Ribs of yew with black spacers.

Burkholzer baroque lute

Burkholzer baroque lute

13 course Baroque Lute

After Tieffenbrucker (original archlute).

String length 68 cm. / 72, 77, 82, 87 cm.

31 Ribs of yew.

Tieffenbrucker baroque lute

Tieffenbrucker baroque lute

Tieffenbrucker baroque lute

Tieffenbrucker baroque lute

13 course Baroque Lute

After Hoffmann.

Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg.

String length 71 cm. / 90 cm.

9 Ribs of maple.

Neck is veneered with ebony.

The head is stained pear.

Hoffmann baroque lute

Hoffmann baroque lute

Hoffmann baroque lute

Liuto attiorbato

After Choc (?), 1630.

String length 7 x 58 cm. / 7 x 84 cm.

15 Ribs of grenadil.

Liuto attiorbato

Liuto attiorbato

14 Course Chitarrone

After Tieffenbrucker, 1611.

String length 76 / 150 cm.

27 Ribs yew.

Neck ebony / bone.

Chitarrone

Chitarrone

Chitarrone

Chitarrone

After Buchenberg, Rome, 1614.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

String length 7 x 89 cm. / 7 x 170 cm.

41 ribs of yew.

Neck: ebony / snakewood / bone.

Chitarrone

Chitarrone

Chitarrone

Chitarrone