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/Spanish biˈwela/
an obsolete plucked stringed instrument of Spain, related to the guitar
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vihuela de mano

stringed musical instrument that in Spanish Renaissance art music held the popularity accorded the lute elsewhere in Europe. Built like a large guitar, it had six, sometimes seven, double courses of strings tuned like the lute: G-c-f-a-d'-g'. (The guitar then had four double courses.)

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