Description of the Lute
Definition and description of the
Lute: The Lute can be described as a plucked instrument having a
pear-shaped body, a usually bent neck, and a fretted fingerboard.
Description: A stringed instrument formerly much in use. It consists of
four parts, namely, the table or front, the body, having nine or ten
ribs or ``sides,'' arranged like the divisions of a melon, the neck,
which has nine or ten frets or divisions, and the head, or cross, in
which the screws for tuning are inserted. The strings are struck with
the right hand, and with the left the stops are pressed. Melodically the
instrument had little power, although its tone was gentle and sweet.