Lute > Chordophone.
Ecuador > South America.
A D F# B
Scale Length in cm.
Jorge Eduardo Campos Ebenitza, Otovalo Ecuador.
Date: Circa mid 1990's.
Source: Rufus Guitars, Vancouver Canada.
The bandolin is a short necked lute, and a member of the
chordophone family of musical instruments. It is a close cousin to
the bandurria and the Colombian bandolla. In Ecuador the bandolin
is primarily found in the Andean regions around Quito. The
bandolin has a total amount of 15-strings grouped in courses of
three strings each. In accompaniment to other instruments
including the pito, harmonica, charango, guitar and bombo.
Traditionally this instrument is played during the San Juan
Festival. Melodies are performed on the 4/4 rhythm also known
under the same name San Juanito or "Saint John". This instrument
is tuned to a re-entrant tuning.