This long neck saz was hand made in Turkey and is approximately 44/45 inches and has a beautiful glossy finish. It features 7 strings, two courses of 2 and one course of 3, with movable frets. 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.
Please note: The colors and decorations can vary from those photographed.
Item Dimensions: 45" L x 10" H x 9" W
Body/Bowl: 15.5" L x 10" H x 9" W
Body & Neck: The body and neck are made of mahogany and have a gorgeous glossy finish.
Soundboard: The soundboard is spruce and has been stained.
Sound holes: There are 2 sound holes, one on the bottom of instrument and another on the side that has a swivel cover so it can be easily opened and closed and a microphone can be placed inside.
Tuning: LA-RE-SOL or A,D,G (low to high)
Tuning Pegs/Levers: There are 7 maple pegs and 3 courses of strings. Course 1 has 3 strings and course 2 and 3 has 2 strings.
Nut: Made from maple. Neck at Nut: 1.125" W; Nut: 1" W
Neck at Body Joint: 1.25" W
Bridge: Made from maple. Strings at Bridge: 1.125" W
Scale Length: 33"
End peg: Mahogany
*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 and such dimples are common and unavoidable.
SPECIAL NOTE ON STRINGS:
There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. Your instrument has completed a long journey before it ever begins the final leg to your home. During this time the elements affect the strings and may shorten their lifespan. It occasionally happens that a string will fail during that final leg of the journey. Therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing your strings soon after it arrives. If you are a student you may want to change your strings every 3-4 months. If you are a rock star you may need to change your strings every week. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.