Arabic Musical Instruments – Buzuq

The buzuq (Arabic: بزق‎) is a long-necked fretted lute related to the Greek bouzouki and Turkish saz.

The word buzuq comes from the Turkish language and literally means 'burnt head' or 'uprooted.'

The buzuq is a hybrid instrument that is not classified among the classical instruments of Arab music.

It has a long neck, small body and frets tied to the neck.

Typically, it is furnished with two metal strings which are played with a plectrum, offering a metallic yet lyrical resonance.

Some instruments have three courses and up to seven strings total.