1989 Eric Sahlin 8-Course Lute
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With a nine year waiting list and significant demand in the U.S., Europe and Japan, Eric Sahlin
is one of the great American luthiers who has achieved world-class status. Sahlin's guitars have been used by Scott Tennant, Andrew York, Ottmar Liebert (flamenco), Carsten Pedersen and others.
Although his reputation rests primarily on the quality of his guitars, he also has built several other instruments including lutes. This is a fine 8-course Renaissance lute built in 1989 for a professional guitarist who was seeking to play Elizabethan music on a period style instrument to reproduce an authentic sound and look. The top 6 courses are tuned like a guitar, with the exception of the 3rd course, which is tuned a half step down. The remaining two courses can be tuned in a descending scale. Workmanship is phenomenal, which is typical of this makers work - to truly appreciate the perfection of the craftsmanship, it almost requires viewing with a microscope.
Luthier Bio: Eric Sahlin
Orfeo Magazine No. 10 - West Coast Luthiers