Specially commissioned for this project, Richard's guitar has been made by Daniel Larson, an American luthier and historical string-maker working in Duluth Minnesota. It is based on a fabulous instrument made by Belchior Dias in Lisbon in 1581, now held by the museum of the Royal College of Music in London. Highly regarded by early music specialists worldwide, Dan has made several Renaissance violins and a smaller high-pitch version of the Dias guitar for the Musicians of the Globe.

Like all the other instruments being used by the Musicians of the Globe for this programme of ballads, the guitar is pitched at A = 392, a whole tone below modern pitch.


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