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t's been said that while history doesn't repeat, it
often rhymes. Certainly, the observation that can be
applied (with some irony) to the subject of lute-guitars
like this one produced shortly after World War II by
the East German collective MusikinstrumentenGenossenschaft, a.k.a. Migma.
It's arguable we wouldn't have guitars today had the Moors not carried their favorite
instrument, the l'ud (literally "the wood"),
with them as they conquered the Iberian
peninsula in 711 AD. Once this ArabicMuslim culture settled in as the ruling class,
many native Spaniards began to emulate
their tastes and values. This included a taste
for the music played on the l'ud, which was
modal, following the Pythagorean model
much like our modern scales prior to being
tempered. Modern Arabic microtonal music
developed around the 18th century.
The bowl-backed l'ud led to the lutes
played during the European Renaissance
and Baroque periods, as well as numerous
other instruments including the mandolin.
There's a complex political and cultural
explanation for the fact guitars first appeared
(and lutes never really caught on) in Spain;
the short story is that immediately following
the Moors' first victory, some of the former
ruling elites withdrew to northwest Spain, in
and around the province of Galicia, where
they thrived.
Lines on the face of
the headstock
are obviously
hand-carved.

COLLECTIVE
CURIOSITY
The Migma Laute-Guitarre
BY MICHAEL WRIGHT
THE DIFFERENT STRUMMER
VINTAGE GUITAR

30

February 2018


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