About the Matteo Sellas arciliuto

The description refers to a standard version of the instrument.


Back: 19 to 35 ribs

Neck: Soft wood veneered with ebony

Pegbox: Soft wood veneered with ebony and maple inlay

Soundboard: Spruce

String length: 64,5cm / 98cm to 134cm

Frets: 10 tied gut frets / 2 wooden frets

Pegs: Fruitwood

Bridge: Fruitwood

Fingerboard: Ebony

Courses: 14 courses, the number of stopped strings and bass strings is a matter of discussion


The instrument was made in 1630(9) in Venice. It was built in the workshop of Matteo Sellas and is now shown in Museo Civico Medievale in Bologna with the No. 1748.

This archlute has a string length of 64.5 centimetres. For the bass strings you can choose either twice or one and a half times the fretted string length. The stopped strings can be single or double strung.

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