Type: Plucked > Long Necked Lute > Chordophone.
Region: Iran > Central Asia.
Dimensions: Scale Length cm.
Acquisition Source: Mohammad Namazi.
The sehtar [in Farsi سهتار] is a long necked
lute, belonging to the chordophone family. It is played by plucking with
only the use of slightly grown fingernails on the left hand. The name of
the instrument derives from it originally being a three-stringed
instrument. Seh meaning three in Farsi and Tar meaning string.
Having a total of four strings, three single strings and the fourth
string in a pair. Four tuning pegs and a moveable bridge complete the
instrument. The sehtar has 25 to 27 moveable frets traditionally from
animal intestines. The body is assembled from staves.