Type: Lute > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Pa Yin: Silk 絲.
Region: Far East Asia.
Description: The yueqin or yue qin (Chinese: 月琴, p yuèqín), formerly romanized as yüeh-ch‘in gekkin (げっきん or in kanji 月琴) laqin or la-ch‘in, is a traditional Chinese string instrument. It is an important instrument in the Beijing opera orchestra, often taking the role of main melodic instrument in lieu of the bowed string section.
Construction: Having a short fretted neck and four strings. The four strings are paired in course of two strings. Frets on both the neck and body are raised. Occasionally, the body of the yueqin may be octagonal in shape.