Structure of the Lute
The Soundboard

  The soundboard or table of a lute is typically made of spruce, planed and scraped to around a
millimeter in thickness, reinforced with a relatively simple bracing pattern, and glued to the body.
The bridge is glued to it.  Near the center of the soundboard the body cavity is vented through an
elaborate geometric or floral pattern known as a rose.  Less commonly there will be a triangular
arrangement of three proportionately smaller roses.

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Last updated 24 May AD 2015 — DFH

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