I'm planning to build a cittern (renaissanse instrument similar to mandolin), but i just want to get any advice i can. this has got to be historically acurate, so don't say "why would you do it that way?".

Traditionally the body and neck are made from one piece of maple, carved into shape. the soundboard and fretboard are the only seperate pieces.

1. If i'm to carve out the body, should I use quarter sawn maple, or flat sawn rock maple.

2. any suggestions for soundboard / fretboard wood?

3. the frets are described as flat brass, inlaid using wooden slithers/wedges. the fingerboard is then scalloped. any suggestions?

1st picture: body of cittern
2nd picture: interier view of cittern body, showing struts.
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Last edited by the snow queen at Mar 21, 2007,