Type: Lute > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Inventor: Zeynel Abidin Cümbüş [1881–1947] in 1930.
Region: Western Asia & Middle East.
Description: The cümbüş is a Turkish stringed instrument of relatively modern origin. It was developed in 1930 by Zeynel Abidin Cümbüş (1881–1947). It is fretless as its modelled after the oud. This instrument can be heard as apart of a larger ensemble.
Configurations: Typically the neck of an oud would be mounted onto this instrument. However the concept of this instrument has been applied to other lutes by having the necks of these instruments being the saz, tanbur, yali-tanbur, mandolin, guitar etc.