The decorated neck makes this saz standout. The bowl body of this instrument is made of matching medium-tone staves. There are decorative inlays on the collar and around the sound hole on the bottom. The Baglama saz features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3, with movable frets. It is approximately 38-40 inches. String sets and plectrums are sold separately. Wood coloring and decorations may vary Imported from Turkey.
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.
*NOTE* 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 instruments and such dimples are common and unavoidable.