Name: Cumbus.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Inventor: Zeynel Abidin Cümbüş [1881–1947] in 1930.
Tuning: A B E A D G.
Country: Turkey.
Region: Western Asia & Middle East.

Description: The cümbüş [in Turkish pronounced “dzhumbush” ; in IPA: /dʒuːmˈbuːʃ/] the name of the instrument bears the inventors surname. In Turkish it means “revelry”. 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: The neck of the cumbus is fretless like though although it is longer in scale length from nut to bridge. The neck would be mounted onto the instrument being fastened onto the body. The body is round not unlike the American banjo. Although the cumbus has in total 12 strings, one of the strings is single. It is the bass string at the top of the neck facing towards the musician. The body would be mounted onto this instrument.


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