Type: Membranophones > Drums > Frame.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.311
Diameter: 41 cm.
Depth: 13 cm.
Area: Takengon area, Central Aceh, Sumatra.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The guwel is a frame drum of the Gayo people in the Takengon area, Central Aceh, Sumatra.
Construction: Typically it has a goatskin head about 41 cm in diameter bound with rattan, and a thick, circular, slightly tapering wooden frame about 13 cm deep. About 20 lengths of rattan lacing pass through the binding and extend down to a rattan ring beneath the frame. Ten small wooden tuning blocks fit between the ring and the frame.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: oxfordmusiconline.com / guwel article by Margret J. Kartomi ;