As I understand it, five courses are much better if you want to strum 'open' (alfabeto) chords in first position. With a 6th string for example the important harmonies of G minor, D major and minor need a barré.

To me the basses of the tiorbata on the portrait of Granata look considerably longer than 90 cm. Single or double strung would be merely a guess.

Lex



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