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Ghaychak
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  • Bowed string instruments
Related instruments
side view of the ghaychak

The Ghaychak or Ghijak is a round-bodied musical instrument with 3 or 4 metal strings and a short fretless neck. It is used by Iranians, Afghans, Uzbeks, Uyghurs, Tajiks, Turkmens and Qaraqalpaks. It is also known as a Kamancha (Kamancheh) - an important instrument in Iranian and Azeri classical music and popular music in Iran.

The soundbox is carved out of a single piece of wood. The upper orifice is partly covered in the middle by the handle and the lower one is covered by a skin membrane against which rest the bridge.

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