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Timple seen from front
Timple seen from side
The timple is a traditional Spanish plucked string instrument of the Canary Islands.
In La Palma island and in the north of the island of Tenerife, many timple players omit the fifth (D) string, in order to play the timple as a four-string ukulele, though this is considered less traditional by players and advocates of the five-string version. The players of the four-string style, in return, say that they are simply playing the timple in the old-fashioned way from before the time when a fifth string was introduced in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. The common tuning is GCEAD.
Timple players (timplistas) of note are Benito Cabrera, José Antonio Ramos, Pedro Izquierdo.