Type: Lute > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Country: Isan region, Thailand.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The Phin [in Thai: พิณ, pronounced [pʰīn] is a lute that is played in the Isan region of Thailand and played mostly by ethnic Laotians in Thailand and Laos.
Construction: Having a pair shaped body and only three single strings. The neck of the Phin has a total of 15 frets. The body is originally acoustic which these are still available. Phins with solid bodies and electric pickups are becoming quite common.