Mid-East Deluxe Long Neck Saz

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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.

Important Specifications:

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.

Frets: 23

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.

String Notice


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.

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