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King (fretted stick zither)locked

  • Alastair Dick

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Fretted stick zither of the Panjab and Jammu, northwestern India. The stick is about 80 cm long; a deep flat bridge of Indian type sits on a vertical projection at the lower end. Two large whole gourd resonators are tied into small wooden sockets at about one-quarter distance from the ends. There are seven upright brass-capped wooden frets and a nut; the single wire string is attached to a lateral tuning-peg. The king is held diagonally across the body with the left gourd resting on the shoulder and is plucked with the fingers. It is of the ...

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