Structure of the Lute
The Nut

The nut (at the center of the picture) terminates the vibrating
length of the strings at the end opposite the bridge.  Small
grooves are cut into it to set the locations of the strings, defining
the spacing within and between the courses.  On historical
instruments the nut was usually made of ivory; on instruments
built today, it is made of bone or a synthetic material.

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Last updated 24 May AD 2015 — DFH

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