The repertoire for the 4-course guitar, although not as extensive as that of the lute and the vihuela, deserves attention and acknowledgement for its outstanding musical quality.
The principal problem a maker is confronted when attending to recreate an early 4-course XVI century guitar is the lack of surviving historical examples to use as reliable reference. As explained in the vihuela section the closest evidence is a Portuguese 5-course instrument made by Belchior Dias in 1581. This instrument is commonly referred as the “Dias guitar” and it is presently kept at the Royal College of Music Museum in London.
I have chosen this beautiful historical instrument as the basis for my own models of both 4 and 5-courses XVI Century (Renaissance ) guitars. Under my opinion, and that of many satisfied customers, this has been a successful approach since these models provide a wonderful full and robust tone that is very adequate for the interpretation of the solo repertoire as well as 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 some months ago.