Instruments | Archlute | Renaissance | Classical
The archlute had two peg boxes, one at the end of the neck and one just under half way up. The strings to be stopped ran to the lower one and were plucked by the fingernails of the right hand. One-and-a-half times as long, the unstopped strings ran to the higher one and were not touched by the player – they simply resonated in sympathy with the plucked notes. The increased strain on the neck of tensioning an extra set of strings was offset by setting it back at an angle where the lower peg box sat. This version of the lute developed in the 1590s and was used both as a solo instrument and in a continuo role throughout the seventeenth century.
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