- Jeremy Montagu
Lute whose neck acts as the string-bearer and terminates within the body of the instrument, usually below the soundhole, rather than passing through the body and projecting through the lower end. The end of the neck within the body is usually cut into two or more points to which the distal ends of the strings are attached; the proximal ends are commonly tied to leather thongs which are tied around the neck and can be moved up and down for tuning. The soundtable is commonly of skin; it might or might not support a small bridge. The body is often carved of wood in the form of a trough, though gourds, or sometimes dried skin, are also seen. Such instruments are commonly found in the Manding area, where the name ...