Type: Chordophones > Composites > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Tuning: G / C / E / A / D
Country: Canary Islands.
Region: West Africa & Atlantic Ocean.
Description: The timple is a five-stringed lute of the Canary Islands. In La Palma island and in the north of the island of Tenerife, many timple players omit the fifth [D] string. This approach in omitting the [D] is debated through out the Canary Islands. Those who advocate the use of the D string will keep it on.
Musicians who remove the D string state they are playing timple in the old-fashioned way, prior to the fifth string being introduced during the 19th or early 20th century. Timple players [timplistas] of note are Benito Cabrera from Lanzarote, José Antonio Ramos, Totoyo Millares, and Germán López from Gran Canaria and Pedro Izquierdo from Tenerife.
Tuning: The chords produced when playing in this tuning GCEAD result in a similar manner to the chords as played in the standard Charango tuning GCEAE.