Posted at July 20, 2013 | By : | Categories : Strings | 0 Comment

setarThe setar originated in pre-Islamic Persia and is likely the inspiration behind the modern strum stick.  Although it now has four strings, the name means "three string" (se – three, and tar – string), because up until the 18th century – when a fourth string was added by a prominent player – it did in fact have three strings.  The small resonating chamber gives this instrument a very delicate sound and it is therefore a very popular instrument among Sufi mystics.  It is most commonly tuned to F-C-G-C.