Strings, cases, stands and other accessories for Setar instrument
Setar's body consists of two parts; a soundbox and a long neck. The box is usually made of walnut or mulberry while neck is made of walnut wood. There are twenty five frets on the long neck. All of them are made of gut. The sound box has a strong resonance which produces the harmony of the notes. The harmony of the sound that master players are able to achieve is the key aspect of this instrument.
- Yellow String
- Drone String
- Bass String
- White String
There are 27 movable fret. Setar of Persian origin was widely used before the spread of Islam. Setar are divided into two according to the volume of the sound box. Their voices are different, but the sounds of both are quite beautiful. Also setar is known as the instrument appealing to the listener's heart.
Setar's soundbox is covered with thin wood and its long neck is completed with four strings. It has a wide melodic range which is very distinguishing. Its range is almost more than twenty scale degrees. Traditionally it is played with the right hand's index finger nail. But performers of Persian Setar have introduced new techniques in this century. Their brave attitude towards setar gave it a whole new meaning. The left hand playing technique with other aspects including the shape covered with relatively thin wood improved the sound.