Sintir

Name: Sintir.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.5
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Country: Magreb, Morocco.
Region: North Africa.

Description: The sintir [in Arabic: سنتير‎ sintir], also known as the Guembri [الكمبري], Gimbri or Hejhouj. It is a three stringed skin-covered bass plucked lute used by the Gnawa people. It is approximately the size of a guitar, with a body carved from a log and covered on the playing side with camel skin.

The camel skin has the same acoustic function as the membrane on a banjo. The neck is a simple stick with one short and two long goat strings that produce a percussive sound similar to a pizzicato cello or double bass.

Construction: It is approximately the length of a guitar. Having a body carved from a log and covered on the playing side with camel skin. The camel skin has the same acoustic function as the membrane on a banjo. The neck is a simple stick with one short and two long goat strings that produce a percussive sound similar to a pizzicato performed on a cello or double bass.

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