JM Instruments makes affordable custom made and stock lutes to buy or to hire based on surviving instruments in museums. The student lutes are made at a price to provide a luthier made authentic alternative to the heavier factory made lutes or oud-lutes. Hiring a lute is £35 per month, subject to availability of the lutes currently for hire.

Below shows the popular student folding theorbo, based on Sellas (Paris E.547), the folding mechanism designed in 2013, ordered and played by Richard Mackenzie, listen to it here, and buy his CD here. The second instrument shown below is a 10/11 crs lute based on Hans Frei (Vienna KHM C34) ordered by Alex McCartney, listen to it here. Then the multi ribbed yew wood 10crs lute is based on Burkholtzer, ordered by several customers (Vienna KHM NE48) listen to it here. If you don't want to wait current lutes in stock are here.

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See the latest lutes to buy/hire the gallery of custom-made lutes and original lutes in museums can be seen here.

Other lutes made include unique and niche instruments to encourage a broader exploration of lute, guitar and vihuela music: In 2010 the Electric Baroque lute was commissioned, in 2013 the student Romantic Terz guitar, was made for Jamie Akers, as heard on his new Romantic Guitar CD here. The Eco-friendly 7000 year old bog oak lute, the eco-alternative to ebony, played here by K'antu Ensemble. In 2014 the student Mandora/Gallichon was created for more specialist lutenists allowing a forgotten repertoire to be explored. In 2015 the 7crs Student lute-guitar, light-weight, authentic construction, but guitar tuning in e (a=440Hz), 65cm string length, based on Maler (MI54). Last but not least is the Student Quito Vihuela, Tel: 01283734388. Sorry but the 6crs 'Childrens Lute' as seen on the stock page is now sold. The case is not included in the prices quoted on here.