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Pavel Goldberg

History of Arpeggione


The first Arpeggione was created in 1823 by Johann Stauffer, an Austrian luthier and a true innovator of his time, for the guitar virtuoso Vincent Schuster.

The great composer Franz Schubert was so enamored of the instrument that he wrote a sonata for it – he named it the Arpeggione Sonata. After a period of mass popularity, the instrument was largely forgotten. In our days, interest in the Arpeggione is reawakening, and I am proud to be one of the leaders of this revival.

The uniqueness of this instrument is that it can be played as a guitar, using all known techniques. It can also be played with a bow, like a cello.

Arpeggione musical instrument. GuitarViol. Fretted cello. Bowed guitar. Franz Schubert Arpeggione sonata D821


Total length:
   48″ 21/64  –  1227.5 mm.
Body length:    25″ –  637 mm.
Upper width:  12″ 7/8  –  327.5 mm.  
Middle width:
8″ 39/128  – 211 mm.   
Lower width:
15″ –  381 mm.  
Rib height:  
5″ 25/64  –  137 mm 
Side width:  4″ 21/64  –  110 mm
Scale length: 26″ 25/32 in  –  680 mm. 
Nut width:  2″  –  50 mm.  
Strings spacing on fridge:  3 35/64  –  90 mm  

Body sides and back:
Caucasian maple
Body top: European spruce AAA – grade
Bridge: Caucasian maple
Neck:  Cheddar
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tailpiece: Rosewood
Tuning machines: “Five-star” planetary tuning pegs
Nut: Bone /Ebony
Frets:  Neusilber 
Finishing:  Semi-matt lacquer

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