Scratch & Dent Strings
The stinging for the STRS-M is
string # thickness steel/bronze
1 .008" st
2 .013 br
3 .013 br
4 .008 st
5 .008 st
6 .008 st
7 .008 st
sym .008 st
Includes gig bag and tuning tool.
The Kemenche is a bowed spike fiddle native to the southern shore of the Eastern Black Sea. It has been called the Black Sea Fiddle, the Pontic Lyra or the Karadeziz Kemencesi. It is played with a bow, in the upright position. Rest it on your knee when sitting, or hold out in front when walking and dancing. The strings are pressed straight down onto the fingerboard like a violin. The bow is a simple, historic, design requiring your thumb or finger to tension the synthetic hairs as you play. When playing, two or all three strings are bowed at the same time. The open string(s) sound as a drone to the melody. The close proximity of the strings allows double stopping, drones, trills and other embellishments.
The tuning is diverse and the instrument is often tuned in according to the preference of the musician or the range of the vocals. Common tunings include: a-a-d, e-a-d, GDA or AEB.
The saz is a long-necked subfamily of lute. It evolved in Persia and is still popular in Turkey. Depending on the size, it has 10-19 movable frets which include several quartertone positions. Also depending on size, it has 6 or 8 strings, with 3 courses being the most common configuration. A unique feature is that the middle course of strings is tuned to the lowest note. There are many tuning possibilities. The most common being ADG. NOTE: the lowest note, D, is tuned on the middle course of strings, A on the lower course and G on the upper course
Please Note: Wood coloring and decorations may vary from the photograph. Please expect the high gloss finish on the Turkish Saz to show dimples in the light. A perfectly smooth, unblemished, finish is nearly impossible to obtain with the technology employed in the Old-World finish process. These are handmade and such dimples are common and unavoidable.
Accessories: String sets and plectrums are sold separately
Overall Length: Approximately 28-31 inches
Length of Body Joint to Nut: 14"
Length of Body Joint to Top of Peg Box: 21.25"
Width at 1st Fret: 1"
Width at Bottom Fret: 1.1"
Depth (front to back): 1.1"
Strings: Six steel strings in 3 courses of 2 each with the following width:
.007" .007" .010" .010" .007" .007"
Frets: Tied, movable frets
Tuning: A common tuning for the cura saz is A D G high to low pitch (thin to thick string, or bottom to top string) one octave above the baglama (bozuk duzen).