Name: Bandol.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.6 or 321.322.6
Tuning: A E B F#
Scale Length: mm.
Courses: 4.
Strings: 8.
Country: Trinidad & Tobago.
Region: Caribbean.

Description: The bandol, bandola or criolla mandolin is a stringed instrument that is played in Trinidad and Tobago. It has four courses [paired or double] or eight strings in total. The bandol is the tenor representative of the mandolin family in Trinidad. Another member is the higher pitched Trinidadian bandolin.

The two lower courses are strung with one steel and one nylon string for each course. The bandol is used as a lead instrument in a parang ensemble. It is usually accompanied by the cuatro and the maracas and bandolin.

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