In Italy, in the late 16th Century thru the early 18th Century this instrument was called CHITTARA SPAGNOLA which means SPANISH GUITAR. In the Modern era it is most oft’ called THE BAROQUE GUITAR. Smaller than a contemporary Guitar, it has 9 string, most of them in courses, like a Lute. The High E is a single string, The BAROQUE GUITAR is usually strung with gut, the frets are gut as well, tied on to the fretboard. The Baroque Guitar can be plucked or strummed.
This Guitar was built for Jay Michaels by Paul Hoogeveen. Based on a design by Antonio Stradivari.