The Dias Model Guitar

In the collection at the Royal College of Music in London there is a fabulous guitar. This instrument was made by Belchior Dias in Lisbon, 1581. In its current condition it is set up as a guitar with five courses, but the small size of the body and short string length makes it a perfect model for a four course renaissance guitar and this is the configuration which I am currently offering.

Basic instrument configuration

Guitar specifications:

  • 52 cm string length 
  • Four double courses
  • Vaulted seven stave arched back in pear
  • Mahogany neck and head with ebony head plate
  • Ebony pegs
  • Pear fingerboard, with ebony edges and points
  • Engelmann spruce front
  • Pear bridge
  • Nylon strings

The tuning of this instrument is: a'-1 e-2 c-3 g'-4





In addition to the instrument described above and pictured, enhancement features can be added to the instrument.

The basic model instrument comes with a good quality engelmann "A" quality spruce front. Other qualities of front wood are available as an optional feature. Please click on this link to go to the page that explains all of the front woods available.

  • Engelmann "AA" quality
  • Engelmann "AAA" quality
  • Western Red Cedar
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Figured Sitka Spruce
  • Fiemme Valley Italian Spruce
  • Figured Fiemme Valley Italian Spruce
  • Italian Alpine Spruce
  • Oriental Spruce

Optional features: 

  • Ebony front binding with heart
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Decorative purfling in fingerboard
  • Decorative purfling in head plate
  • Name plate on head
  • Choice of rose
  • Heart at end of fingerboard
  • Bridge decorations


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