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It turns out that the string length to body volume ratio of the Dias is, on average, 2.5 times higher than it is for the other surviving instruments which are chronologically close, most notably the anonymous vihuela E.

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This distance is even slightly larger (in this case 28 mm) than the average amount (c.

25 mm) for a “full size” five-course guitar (I would assume with 69 – 72cm string length).

Having made flat-back vihuelas before I was thinking of taking the plunge into fluted-back design …

Purely intuitively I was drawn to the beauty of the Belchior Dias 1581 : every part of it, apart from the soundboard (which is a later replacement), looked not only a masterpiece of design but also the highest manifestation of the luthier’s craft 3.

Could such a discrepancy in the design parameters between the Dias and the anonymous E.

0748 vihuela be an indication that the latter was constructed for a different musical purpose, i.e.

The main implication of this design is a rather noticeable boost in the mid-range frequency response and this could well be reserved to serve a specific purpose – for playing polyphonic music for example.

On the other hand, guitars, as the surviving instruments demonstrate, were being made with proportionally larger and deeper bodies – a feature that seems to be inherent to their construction from the early 17th century onwards – and which results in a more ‘boomy’ quality of sound.

Is there supporting historical evidence to justify the 11-string vihuela?

And if it is indeed a 6-course 11-string instrument, how can one reconcile this arrangement with the rather shallow neck and corresponding limited span (at least by today’s standards) between strings and courses on the nut and bridge?

But how likely is it that this hole remained there from the time of the instrument’s creation?

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