The repertoire for the 4-course guitar, although not as extensive as that for the lute and the vihuela, deserves attention and recognition for its outstanding musical quality.
The main problem a maker is confronted when attending to recreate an early 4-course XVI century guitar is the lack of surviving historical examples that can serve as a reliable reference. As explained in the section on the vihuela, the closest evidence is a Portuguese 5-course instrument made by Belchior Dias in 1581. This instrument is commonly referred to as the "Dias guitar" and is currently in the Royal College of Music Museum in London.
I have chosen this beautiful period instrument as the basis for my own models of both 4 and 5 course XVI century (Renaissance) guitars. As many satisfied customers will attest, this was the right choice as these models offer a wonderfully full and robust tone suitable for both solo and accompaniment work.
- Flat back 4-course Renaissance guitar in A with an string lenth of 54 to 55cm string lenth.
-Flat back 5-course Renaissance guitar in G or A with an string lenth of 55 to 57cm string lenth.
4 & 5-course XVI Century (Renaissance) guitars
A video of Israel Golani playing Adrian Le Roy´s "Pimontoyse" on a 4-course guitar I made for him.
Two pieces for 4-course renaissance guitar played by Israel Golani.