archlute

archlute

[ahrch-loot]
noun
a lute with two pegboxes, one for the stopped strings and the other for the bass strings, which run outside the fingerboard.

Origin:
1720–30; arch-1 + lute, modeled on Italian archiliuto

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archlute

large 16th-century bass lute provided with additional bass strings, or diapasons, and producing a deeper sound that could be used in orchestral basso continuo parts. The diapasons were tuned according to individual preference, usually in a descending scale from the lowest principal string

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