Lutes for Sale, Wanted, or Stolen

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15 course folding theorbo by Klaus Jacobsen (2000)

May 23, 2023

For Sale

I’m selling a gorgeous 15 course folding theorbo made by Klaus Jacobsen after Buechenberger in 2000. These folding instruments by Klaus are rarely available (especially in the United States) and in high demand by traveling musicians.

The string length is 80/150cm and is currently strung with synthetic strings mostly in nylgut. It works well at 392, 415, and 440hz. The theorbo and its custom Kingham case were converted to be foldable by Klaus in 2018.  I’m selling it because I want to buy a bigger theorbo.

This instrument has been seen by millions on my YouTube channel and also in several videos with Rob Scallon. You can hear many recordings of the instrument in both a solo and continuo setting in this PLAYLIST.

I’ve used it for professional solo recitals and touring extensively in the U.S. playing continuo with groups such as the Joffrey Ballet, The Newberry Consort, Music of the Baroque, and many more. The instrument fits easily into a plane seat and has a wonderfully warm, clear timbre with good projection.

Klaus examined the instrument in 2018 to see if it needed any repairs and determined it was in excellent condition. He added that the “pegs turn very well” and “the action is good for strong continuo playing.” A very small crack on the soundboard was professionally repaired in 2020 and is now completely stable and does not affect the sound.

For more photos, click HERE

Price: $9,500

This is the price I paid for the instrument + the cost of converting it to be foldable + the cost of bringing it from London to the US.

USD 9,500
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Wappen Guitar by Ludwig Reisinger

May 22, 2023

For Sale

An outstanding instrument from one of the most renowned guitar builders in history – Ludwig Reisinger (b.1863)

A rare Wappen guitar with a 22 fret (High D) ebony floating fingerboard with Stauffer style adjustable action/removable neck.

This is truly one of the best sounding ‘historical” guitars I have played. With a beautiful voluminous and brilliant tone balanced and precise with clarity across all registers. A perfect balance between a singing bright, and warm rich timbre. The balance between bass, mids and highs is astounding. Each string has it’s own unique colour as was desired by the 19th century guitarists. Excellent volume, great sustain and carrying power with Ideal string action and a pristine fingerboard and frets makes this guitar very easy to play. One can really fly on it.

This is a professional guitar suitable for the concert hall or of great value to collectors and museums.

The sound and responsiveness and how the guitar speaks is mind blowing.


Constructed with the finest materials – spruce top, gorgeous flaming maple sides and back, ebony floating fingerboard with a clock-key adjustable neck/string action. Beautiful original bone tuners in excellent working condition. This unique form is known is a Wappen guitar and was a popular form, particularly in Austria and Germany during the last part of the 19th century and early 20th Century. This guitar would have been built around the turn of the century.

Reisinger was one of the most celebrated Viennese builders of the late 19th-Century. His guitars now fetch exceptionally high prices and are continuing to rise in value. Reisinger was a student of Ignaz Johann Bucher who was a student of Johann Georg Stauffer (who also taught C.F. Martin). In a way Reisinger is the last step in the tradition of great 19th century guitar builders particularly of the Viennese/Stauffer tradition, and truly his instruments, in sound and playability exemplify the apex of this style of guitar, and through his influence on Hermann Hauser paves the way for the next generation of building, as Hauser was deeply inspired by Reisinger’s guitars.

This instrument is a priceless find for a guitarist performing 19th-Century music or an investor/collector of rare instruments.

In full playable condition, but naturally bears the wear typical of an instrument of such vintage.

String length 61cm

For price and more information contact:


Baroque Guitar by Carlo Cecconi, Tarquinia (2001)

May 14, 2023

For Sale

Baroque guitar for sale
Builder: Carlo Cecconi, Tarquinia, 2001

A very fine baroque guitar in excellent conditions.
String length: 64cm; very comfortable action.
Back in figured maple with ebony spacers;
Soundboard: spruce, edging in ebony. Some signs of wear but overall very well maintained.
Neck and pegbox veneered with rosewood and maple spacers
Excellent tone and volume, easy to play.
The guitar comes with an handmade wooden case in good conditions.

You can listen to the sound of the instrument at this link:

The instrument can be tested in Rome, Italy, but can also be shipped overseas.

EUR 2,700 + shipping and insurance
Rome, Italy

8 Course Renaissance Lute by Raymond Passauro-Zuccaro (1968)

May 11, 2023

For Sale

I’m selling an 8 course Renaissance Lute from Belgian Luthier and sculpture Artist Raymond Passaurro Zuccaro – one of the grandfathers of historical lute making. So whilst it was made in 1968 it is still a historical instrument in its sense. It is fully playable and a collectors piece.

The instrument seems to have been played seldomly, there are no marks, it is astonishingly well preserved. It is strung with Nylgut, string length 59cm.

The sound is very clear and well projecting.

The lute comes with its hard case.

Additional photos available here.

EUR 2,500
Montreux, Switzerland

6 Course Lute by Grant Tomlinson – Vancouver, Canada (1994)

May 2, 2023

For Sale

6 Course ‘Small’ Frei
Rarely available on the market
Low pitch g’. May also be tuned to modern pitch g’
String length: 63 cm

Based on the smaller of the two Hans Frei lutes, Bologna c.1550, in the Kunsthistorischesmuseum in Vienna (C34)
-11 ribs of curly maple
-Neck, fingerboard and peg-box of Swiss pear
-Fingerboard edges and points of mountain mahogany
-Fingerboard overlapping into the soundboard area, a detail seen in many paintings of early 6 course lutes.

Heavy duty fiberglass case included.

USD 5,100 (negotiable) + shipping and insurance
Ottawa, Canada
CONTACT Daniel Desjardins:

Baroque guitar by Timothy Johnson (2017)

April 30, 2023

For Sale

Baroque guitar by Timothy Johnson (2017) based on Stradivarius’ designs. Torrified Spruce top. Highly flamed Maple back and sides. Maple neck. Ebony and Maple front and back peghead overlays. Maple bridge. Bone nut. 8 Ebony pegs. 9 gut and 5 wooden frets. Currently strung with Nylgut strings for A=440 with  bourdons on the A and E courses, and an octave string on the G course. 640mm/25.19″ scale. Roosebeck  hardshell case.

Marvelous sound and less than 5 hours playing time, so you will be able to finish breaking it in! One of only  two guitars made by this well known and widely-respected luthier. New price $5,000 US. Asking $3,750.
Email for more photos.

USD 3,750
Lubbock, Texas, United States
CONTACT landesroger(at)gmail(dot)com.

Vihuela in G by Daniel Yost

April 27, 2023

For Sale

Vihuela in G, string length 600mm. Mahogany and maple. Soundboard: Engelman spruce. Built in 2023. Strung with NNg Aquila and bass NF Savarez. The price does not include case or shipping costs. The instrument has a wooden box ready for shipping.

USD 2,700
Buffalo, New York, United States

Renaissance Guitars

April 8, 2023

For Sale

For sale: Batch (12) of renaissance guitars. These are a result of the Covid 19 lockdown and a surplus of truly nice wood too small for larger instruments. They are made of Cherry, walnut, bubinga, maple, and pau rosa. They all have cases – either baritone ukulele cases that are a bit too large and require some padding or crappy plywood cases that are quite serviceable but look like they have been built by a homeless person with a rusty screwdriver. They all sound and play well. The Renaissance guitar is the perfect continuo instrument for early stuff like the Cantigas de Santa Maria, but also has a large a quite good repertoire from the 16th century. Some of these have a heart on the back of the peg-head, some have flowers on the bridge arms. Come to New jersey and try them all.

USD 750 plus shipping
New Jersey, United States
CONTACT Joseph Mayes 856 858 8902 or

13 Course Baroque Lute with Bass Rider Extension by Andreas Von Holst

April 6, 2023

For Sale

The lute body is maple and the neck ebony veneered. This Baroque lute has extra holes in the bridge so that you may have single or double courses for the bass strings.

It is in great condition. It was fixed once by Mel Wong for a small crack.

The master Luthier Andreas Von Holst no longer makes instruments which makes this a very special instrument. It has a beautiful sound, very good projection and playability.

A wonderful instrument indeed!

Sold with a made to measure hard case: Kingham MTM.

Additional photos available here.

USD 7,000
San Diego, California, United States
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