Rondalla Instruments

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Shaped like the bandurria, but it is bigger with a longer neck and with two f sound holes, usually plays the lower notes in accompaniments, counterparts, and in unison with the bass. The old original laud, better known as the "lute", has a round body in the shape of a half pear, a flat neck with seven or more frets, and a separate pegbox bent back at an angle.

Scale length: 19 1/4 in.(distance from the nut to the bridge)
Tuning head length:10 1/2in.
Tuning head width: 2 3/8 - 2 5/8 in.
Fingerboard length: 13 1/2 in.
Fingerboard width

at Nut: 2 in.
at last Fret: 2 3/8 in.
Total: 18
Clear of body joint: 12(usually marked with double dots)
Total length : 33 in.
Body length: 12 7/8 in.
Body width: 11 3/8 in.
Sound hole - f : 4 1/8 in. long
Rim depth: 3 3/8 in.
Bridge width: 4 1/4 in.
Bridge height: 7/16 in.
Bracing: Parallel
No. of Strings: 14
String gauges:
1st course(3 strings) G
unwound steel: .010 in.
2nd course(3 strings) D
unwound steel: .012 in.
3rd course(3 strings) A
copper-wound steel: .018 in.
4th course(2 strings)E
copper-wound steel: .032 in.
5th course(2 strings) B
copper-wound steel: .040 in.
6th course(1 string) F#
copper-wound steel: .048 in.

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