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body: gourd body, wooden front face, wooden neck; L. 123.0 cm
strings: 7 main strings (steel and brass); 12 sympathetic resonance strings (steel)
20 movable frets
range: G-f"; tuning:c" -c' -g-C-G-c-f

A solo instrument used for playing classical music. The player sits cross-legged on the floor and holds the instrument at a diagonal to the torso, plucking the strings with a pick (mizrab) worn on the instrument is a device called jhuwari. It gives a characteristic buzzing quality due to the admixture of many overtones.

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