A european derivation of the Arabian Rebâb

The rebec is a bowed instrument that was used many centuries before the creation of the violin. Affiliation is most probable with the Arabian rabâb; an ancient instrument that is in fact still in use today.

The rebec is a simple instrument using two, three or sometimes four gut strings; it is generally carved from a single block of wood. It was used as an accompanyment for the troubadour and for dances; representations of the rebec during the middle ages are numerous.

Bryan Tolley has created a synthesis of numerous medieval designs to construct his rebecs. Maple for the body and spruce for the soundboard are the woods generally chosen.