Type: Lute > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Pa Yin: Silk 絲.
Region: Far East Asia.
Description: The yueqin or yue qin [in Chinese: 月琴 in pinyin: yuèqín] formerly romanized as yüeh-ch‘in gekkin [in hiragana: げっきん or in kanji 月琴] laqin or la-ch‘in. It is a traditional Chinese string instrument and considered an important instrument in the Beijing opera orchestra, often taking the role of main melodic instrument in lieu of the bowed string section.
Construction: Having a short neck with raised frets and four strings. The four strings in total are actually two courses of strings. Occasionally, the body of the yueqin may be octagonal in shape.