All about saz (baglama)

When buying an instrument, you should not forget that you have many options to choose from, especially when purchasing a saz (baglama) also, many tree types which are suitable for making a saz (baglama). To buy a saz (baglama), you should research where to buy it and whether its shop is reliable. For this reason, there are many factors to consider when purchasing a saz (baglama). Continue reading our article for everything you need to know about saz (baglama).



Structure of saz (baglama)

 The saz (baglama) consists of three parts: 


  1. Bowl(tekne), made of mulberry, beech, juniper, walnut, or mahogany wood.
  2. Soundboard of the saz (baglama)- made of spruce (Ladin) or cedar wood.
  3. Tuning pegs, also known as burgu- frets, are tied using a fishing line, which allows the frets to be adjusted.


There are structures called augers placed on the three parts of the handle. All parts of the saz (baglama) are made of durable trees and do not change shape over time, which are kept for a few years and dried.


Short and long neck saz (baglama) is usually seven strings. There are two steel wires and a gold wire, two steel wire at the bottom, in the middle, and a steel wire and a gold wire rope at the top. Trees such as mulberry, juniper, chestnut, and walnut are generally used in the saz (baglama) structure. It consists of lower, middle, and upper strings. The durability of the saz (baglama) also varies according to the trees used in its construction. Therefore, saz (baglama) made of mulberry wood is preferred due to its robustness.

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Types of saz (baglama)

Saz types can be listed as follows:


  • Cura (smallest size)
  • Bogur (short sleeve baglama)
  • Short-neck baglama (a recently developed type of baglama)
  • Long-neck baglama
  • Tambura (long arm tying)
  • Divan saz (large baglama)
  • Meydan saz (largest baglama)


The one with thick sound is saz (baglama), and the one with the thin sound is Cura. Saz (baglama) used in a folk language is one of the significant elements of traditional folk music culture.  


Best saz (baglama) models for beginners


People interested in the saz (baglama) and want to start playing seek help from people who have experience in their surroundings. Firstly, it is a remarkable issue whether people who want to have a saz (baglama) have a preliminary intention. However, when it comes to the saz (baglama), there are difficulties in determining the pre-intention. Moreover, there are various types of saz today.


The saz family is named in different ways as cura, baglama, and tambura. For beginners, the question of which one I should buy comes to mind, and they may tend to buy it by thinking that the smallest is the easiest.


The best saz (baglama) for beginners is the tambur. People who will just start playing should choose a short-neck baglama. In addition, the quality of the materials used in its construction adds importance and value to the saz (baglama). It may be difficult for someone who does not understand the features we mentioned above to see details in the string instrument. Anyone can efficiently notice that the varnish is beautifully drawn, and the neck is straight.


As Sultan Instrument, we have mentioned what all you need to know about the features of saz (baglama) in this article. Our goal is to reduce costs and hassles for our valued customers and to present the best instruments worldwide. You can visit our website for detailed information about our products.

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