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A typical Iranian setar
String instrument
Classification Plucked
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 321.321
Related instruments
Tambouras, Tar, Tanbur
Ebadi, Alizadeh,

Setar (Persian: سه‌تار‎‎, from seh, meaning "three" and tār, meaning "string") is a Persian musical instrument used across Greater Iran and Central asia. It is a member of the lute family, which is played with index finger of the right hand. Two and a half centuries ago, a fourth string was added to the setar. it has 25 - 27 moveable frets which are usually made of animal intestines or silk. It originated in Persia before the spread of Islam.[1]

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  • Uyghur variant 1
  • Notable setar players 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Uyghur variant

The satar (Uyghur: ساتار‎; Chinese: 萨塔尔) is an important instrument in 12 muqam. It is a bowed lute with 13 strings, one raised bowing string and 12 sympathetic strings, tuned to the mode of the muqam or piece being played.

Notable setar players

Hossein Alizadeh and his shourangiz (a new kind of setar)

See also


  1. ^ The Stringed Instrument Database

External links

  • About Setar
  • Atlas of Plucked Instruments - Middle East - Iran
  • About Persian Setar
  • Experimental Music on Setar on YouTube
  • Setar and Guitar Hybrid Instrument
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