Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.6
Country: Isan region, Thailand & Laos.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The Phin [in Thai: พิณ, pronounced in IPA: pʰīn] is a lute that is played in the Isan region of Thailand and played mostly by ethnic Laotians in Thailand and Laos. Having a pear shaped body and only three single strings.
The neck of the Phin has a total of 15 frets. The frets installed on the Phin do not fall within the 12-tone Chromatic scale as seen on Western instruments such as the guitar. The body is originally acoustic which these are still available. Phin’s with solid bodies and electric pickups are becoming quite common.