• Description
  • Short-necked bowl lute, sounded with a wooden plectrum (bachi). Pear-shaped hollow body with rounded back and flat soundboard. There are 2 crescent-shaped sound holes on the soundboard. The neck tapers out of the body and has 4 wooden frets. The head piece is bent back at a right angle from the neck and has 4 lateral tuning pegs.Four yellow strings (which are not present), traditionally made of silk (possibly nylon on this instrument) stretch ... more
    Short-necked bowl lute, sounded with a wooden plectrum (bachi). Pear-shaped hollow body with rounded back and flat soundboard. There are 2 crescent-shaped sound holes on the soundboard. The neck tapers out of the body and has 4 wooden frets. The head piece is bent back at a right angle from the neck and has 4 lateral tuning pegs.Four yellow strings (which are not present), traditionally made of silk (possibly nylon on this instrument) stretch across the length of the body and attach to a bridgeplate near the bottom of the instrument. A wide strip of dark leather (bachimen) is glued across the soundboard and acts as a protective shield against the plectrum. The instrument is wrapped in a red satin brocade bag. A wooden stand that holds the instrument upright can be found in the closet of Rm. 58. The stand is in two pieces with purple tasseled tie cords. The gaku-biwa is used in the Togaku style of Gagaku court music. It plays short, fixed, arpeggiated patterns which function as part... less
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    Instrument:Frets are graduated in size from 2 cm across and 1.2 cm high at upper end, to 3 cm x .9 cm high at lower end of neck.Total length of body 88 cmWidth of body 34 1/2 cmThickness of body 4 1/2 cmLength of head-piece
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