Type: Lute > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Pa Yin: Silk 絲.
Tuning: G D A E
Region: Asia Far East.
Description: The Huobosi [simplified: 火不思; pinyin: Huǒbùsī] is a stringed musical instrument from China. The name is a transliteration into Chinese from Central Asia name for the instrument. It has four individual strings tuned to G, D, A, E. Three of the strings are made of silk and the highest is steel. The models were developed, soprano alto and tenor.
Citations: Huobosi Article [in Mandarin Chinese translated to English by Google Translate].