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240 charango

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Peru, Bolivia
body: armadillo shell, front face of wood; L.54.0cm
strings: 5 double course steel strings; 12 frets
tuning: g' -c" -e" -a' -e'

A lute with an extremely small resonator box. Held horizontally and strummed. Used in ensembles for chordal accompaniment. The timbre is sometimes is mellower than that a guitar.

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