Lacewood Cittern

6th May 2018CBOM
Lacewood cittern, with ebony and sterling silver rosette.

Not quite the bank holiday weekend off, but it has meant I’ve had time to catch up on the website. I had a lot of fun building this lacewood 10 string Cittern, set up in open G. It’s not a wood that I’ve used frequently for Citterns, but I’m really pleased with the results. In sound, it has something akin to mahogany, as well as a little maple there as well. Either way, it has a really eye catching figuring.

This build had a bit of a silver theme: with an ebony and sterling silver rosette, with a handmade nickel-plated tail piece (it’s a pet peeve of mine when tailpieces don’t match other hardware).

To help deal with the tension of 10 strings, the Cittern has carbon fibre neck reinforcementsĀ  and double-walled sides to give it a little extra punch.