Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.6
Country: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia & Albania.
Region: Balkans, South Eastern Europe.
Description: The šargija [in Cyrillic: Шаргија / šargija, in Albanian: Sharqi] is a plucked, fretted long necked chordophone used in the folk music of various Balkan countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Albania and Serbia.
History: The šargija originated in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the rule of Ottoman Empire, and is played by Bosnians, Albanians, Serbs and Croats. Its original four strings have been increased to six or even seven.