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Lutes and related instruments for sale - UK

The following items for sale from Lute society members - ads also appear in Lute News magazine. Non-members can advertise for a single payment of £10, contact us for details. Sections refer to month the item was listed here. Items are removed after approximately 12 months from listing, but you can re-submit your listing at that stage if required. If you can't find something here you could try our small ads - overseas listings. If you submit a item for the listing, please notify us when it is sold.

As you can see, information about your lute should include:- number of courses, string length, maker, year made, historical model if any, general remarks about special characteristics, whether with hard case, your city/region/country, asking price, contact details.

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July 2024

5 course Medieval lute in g by Stephen Barber and Sandi Harris, Made in 2012. 596mm scale. Tuned Cc ff aa dd gg. MTM fitted case. Excellent condition. £1950ono. In Tring, contact David, tel: 07842 472494

5-course baroque guitar by James Marriage, (2014) new soundboard, 70 cm, after Sellas, currently strung at A=415, asking price £2,600, including Kingham hard case, leather shoulder strap, guide book and spare sets of strings, in Staffordshire, contact , tel 07485 029795

Archlute by Martin Haycock, 2008, 67/144cm, tuned to A=415Hz. Short order strings are Aquila NNG, diapasons Aquila gut. MTM case and lute are in immaculate condition, like new. Action recently adjusted to 3.5mm at fret 8 by Tony Johnson, who also made a cunningly designed twin capo so it can easily be played at A=440Hz. This is a truly exceptional instrument, with a gorgeous rich, even sound, and a strong clear bass, well suited to professional work. Current list price for this model is £7,830, excluding case. Asking £6,830 including case.

Early Music Shop theorbo in A, string length 88.5cm/160cm, with Kingham case, some modifications done to nut, also fitted with several gut bases. £1250. Reading area but happy to meet up for a handover. Contact for photos.

June 2024

Early Music Shop 8-course Renaissance lute (after Hieber) gold bundle. Hardly used, includes padded case, shoulder strap, book, spare full set of strings & tuner. Photos available. Oxfordshire, you collect or will deliver within reason. £875 Contact David, 07772769363 or

May 2024

7 course EMS Heritage lute (2022) as new, 60 cm, with fitted gig bag, c.£650 in Warminster, contact Al Summers, 01985 846 582

8-course lute by Klaus Jakobsen, 2008. String length 61cm. Price: £5,900, including a Kingham case. The lute has recently been checked over, cleaned, refretted, and restrung by Klaus Jacobsen, the maker. Photos on request, located in N. Yorkshire, but I am willing to drive – within a reasonable distance – to bring them where necessary. My contact email:

Baroque guitar, Voboam model by Anna Radice, 2006. String length 69cm. Price: £3,500, custom-made hard case included. The guitar has recently been checked over, cleaned, and refretted by Tony Johnson, a lute maker, who pointed out that the action above the fingerboard was of an ideal height. I have also put on new strings. Photos on request, located in N. Yorkshire, but I am willing to drive – within a reasonable distance – to bring them where necessary. My contact email:

6 course vihuela in G , by James Cole (2024) 61 cm string length, walnut back and sides, spruce soundboard with a pearwood and parchment rose, mahogany neck - walnut headstock, strung with Aquila strings. A case would be extra, but maker can acquire one. Photos available on request. In Winchester, Hampshire Price £ 2250

6-Course Renaissance Lute in F, made by Marcus Mevissen (1981) in the workshop of Stephen Gottlieb. 67 cm vibrating sting length. This is a beautiful instrument with a clear and warm tone. It is in good condition, with some very superficial wear to the varnish, where the little finger rests on the sound board. I had it restrung and refretted by a luthier in 2022, following which it has hardly been played. Aquila Nylgut strings and wound on basses. It comes with a hard case. Located in Bristol. Price: £2,200. For further information and photos, please contact: Tel: 07790 869558

April 2024

7 course lute in F by James Stallibrass (1989). 67cm, strung in Aquila nylgut and wound on basses. Ribs in yew, with some wear to the varnish. With Kingham MTM case. Great both for solo repertoire and lute songs. A very fine sounding instrument and may be heard on CDs by Hexachordia. Photos available on request. Price £2,300 - Contact Tony Scheuregger, tel 07786057484.

Seven-course lute in G, by Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet (2024) afterHans Frei, 62.5cm diapason, spruce soundboard (from Val di Fiemme), sycamore back (11-ribs), oil varnish, veneered neck. Strung with Aquila nylgut and wound basses (though all gut strings also available), Fiberglass case included, £4500, in Edinburgh. 07568509740, photos available here

Mar 2024

7-course lute in G, 610 cm, by David Capp (2004) after c. 1580 Georg Gerle under guidance of David van Edwards, Hard lined case, £1600, in Stowmarket, 07923 467948

4-course guitar, by David Capp (2006) under guidance of David van Edwards, Hard lined case, £1000, in Stowmarket, 07923 467948

Feb 2024

5 course late medieval lute, 58cm, made by Dodd Lutherie, 2023, based on Masaccio altarpiece c.1426. Built for either plectrum or transitional finger playing. The bowl and neck are rippled sycamore and it has unusual medieval features including two roses, reversed bridge, bottleneck etc. Includes Shuster hard case. Located in Derby, United Kingdom. Price £2880. For more details email: , or tel: 01332 232051. Pictures available at following link: www.lutherie.uk/forsale/

Dec 2023

8-course lute in G. Made by Oliver Wadsworth in 2003 based on a C36 Venere model. 13 Yew ribs with ebony lines. 60cm string length. Pitch Standard a' = 440Hz. The lute has just had a complete 'MOT' by the maker with new strings and frets fitted and the action lowered a tad. It is in very good condition and has had light use. It comes with a fitted Kingham case. Today a lute from this luthier, to this specification, would cost around £5000 excluding the Kingham case. Asking price £2600 including case. The lute lives in South Gloucestershire. Please contact Tim Hine: 0747 98 99 306 or by email:

Nov 2023

6 course renaissance lute by Luke Emmet. Newly made in 2023. String length 60cm. Body after Hieber in walnut. Neck and pegbox in beech. Panelled fingerboard in bog oak and conservation-grade synthetic ivory. Currently strung in nylgut. Warm, full sound and well setup. Comes with fitted case. Price £2950. Located in Colchester, Essex. For pictures and further info contact

EMS Heritage 8-Course Renaissance Lute (after Hieber) (2022) 60 cm, as new, soft case, in Bearsted, Kent, seller will deliver within reason, £700 ono, contact Robert, 07485 575706

Oct 2023

7-course renaissance lute, 61cm, by James Marriage (~2008) for sale – Hans Frei C34 student lute in g’ with hard Kingham case, £1,200. Photographs available on request. In Cambridge. For further details, please e-mail

Jun 2023

10 course renaissance lute by Martin Bowers (2019), Ebony inlay fretboard, 11 ribs of figured Sycamore, 62cm vibrating string length, Kingham case, £4.900. In Edinburgh. For further details and photos please email

8 course renaissance lute by Charles Ford (1978), 9 Sycamore ribs, 63.5cm vibrating string length, ebony fretboard, hard case, £1,000. In Edinburgh. For further details and photos please email