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Ud. The Ud is a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Byzantine, North African, Somali and Middle Eastern music. It's construction is similar to that of the lute. The modern ud and the European lute both descend from a common ancestor via diverging paths. The ud is readily distinguished by its lack of frets and smaller neck. It is considered an ancestor of the guitar. (image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.)

Ud. The Ud is a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Byzantine, North African, Somali and Middle Eastern music. It's construction is similar to that of the lute. The modern ud and the European lute both descend from a common ancestor via diverging paths. The ud is readily distinguished by its lack of frets and smaller neck. It is considered an ancestor of the guitar. (image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.)

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