The Baglamas is a small, long-necked plucked string instrument, similar to the Bouzouki. It typically has six strings (three double strings) and is made using same materials and techniques as the Bouzouki. It was created during the time when the rebetes were persecuted by the authorities and their music was illegal. The Baglamas is small, so that it would fit under the musician’s jacket, and could be taken anywhere, even to prison. Rumour has it that the rebetes actually built the first one while imprisoned, but there are no written records to confirm this. It’s sound is high and sharp, and it is tuned the same way as the three-stringed Bouzouki (Re-La-Re). These days, it is used to add colour, accuracy and subtlety to vibrant sound and musical compositions.
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