I said 'ordinary 5 course' guitar (see below) in affirmation of another communication from David Van O on the subject of guitar volume generally.
As far as I'm aware, like you, I believe the theorboed guitar was only ever plucked and probably mostly used for just exotic solo music. Low tension plain gut at the higher octave balance very well with fingerboard plucked strings (more so than heavy thud low octave basses) and with the general tessitura of the instrument. As said before, since the evidence is not absolutely clear, nothing is certain but I do think the greatest danger is assuming the Old Ones were seeking for a 'complete' instrument - a sort of continuo theorbo- guitar manque which would give a full range of bass notes to allow BC. Surely the theorbo proper is better for this with the guitar providing its own idiomatic (ie mostly strummed) continuo acc. M. --- On Mon, 20/7/09, Lex Eisenhardt <eisenha...@planet.nl> wrote: From: Lex Eisenhardt <eisenha...@planet.nl> Subject: [VIHUELA] Re: Chitarra atiorbata/Guitarre theorbee To: "Vihuelalist" <email@example.com> Date: Monday, 20 July, 2009, 9:37 AM Are we discussing battuto or pizzicato? The GTh was probably mainly used for plucking. Lex ----- Original Message ----- From: "Martyn Hodgson" <hodgsonmar...@yahoo.co.uk> To: "Vihuelalist" <vihu...@cs.dartmouth.edu>; "David van Ooijen" <davidvanooi...@gmail.com> Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 9:18 AM Subject: [VIHUELA] Re: Chitarra atiorbata/Guitarre theorbee > > > I agree that the ordinary 5 course 'baroque' guitar can be loud. > > To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html -- References 1. http://uk.mc263.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=hodgsonmar...@yahoo.co.uk 2. http://uk.mc263.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=vihu...@cs.dartmouth.edu 3. http://uk.mc263.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=davidvanooi...@gmail.com 4. http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html