Mid East 31 Inch Lavta 7 String & Gig Bag Padded Nylon. The Lavta was popular in the an early 20th century among Greek and Armenian players. The lavta has a body made of solid wood staves, a guitar-like neck with tied movable nylon frets, a 'mustached' bridge and inlayed rosette. The pegbox is at a sharp angle to the neck, like the oud. The tuning pegs are violin style friction pegs. The Lavta is sometimes called a Laouta (ending in a ) but not a Laouto (ending in o ) which is a different instrument. The Lavta is more of a melody instrument which has a much lower tension on it than a true Laouto.
It is played, Like and oud, with a long thin plectrum. There are 7 nylon strings in 4 courses, 3 paired and 1 single. Comes set up for CGDA tuning.
Approximately 31 x 12 inches. Includes padded gig bag.
Item overall: 31" L x 6" H x 12" W
Body/Bowl: 17" L x 6" H x 12" W
Body: mahogany and walnut staves; mustache; inlay
Neck: mahogany and walnut
Soundboard: The sound board is spruce with black pick guard
Strings: There are 4 courses of 7 strings - 3 nylon wound and 4 nylon
Tuning Pegs/Levers: 7 pegs made out of wood
Nut: Made from cattle bone. Neck at Nut: 1.5" W; Nut: 1.5" W
Neck at Body Joint: 2.25" W
Bridge: wood Strings at Bridge: 2.25" W
Scale Length: 11"