Modern Greek lute

The Byzantine lute continues its existence in a range of variations throughout the 19 th century in the wider Greek world. The gradual replacement of the gut strings by steel strings will render these forms unworkable or even wholly problematic. Thus, a new form of instrument, which can safely be called a ‘modern greek' lute, will succeed these older lutes. Such an instrument, constructed in 1862 by Emmanuel Veloudios (1810-1875) is kept in the ‘Phoivos Anogeianakis' Folk Musical Instrument Museum. Consecutive Greek lutes up to this date minimally differ from this latter instrument.