List of musical instruments by Hornbostel–Sachs number: 321.322

This is a list of instruments by Hornbostel-Sachs number, covering those instruments that are classified under 321.322 under that system. These instruments may be known as necked box lutes or necked guitars.

3: Instruments in which sound is produced by one or more vibrating strings (chordophones, string instruments).
32: Instruments in which the resonator and string bearer are physically united and can not be separated without destroying the instrument
321: Instruments in which the strings run in a plane parallel to the sound table (lutes)
321.3: Instruments in which the string bearer is a plain handle (handle lutes)
321.32: Instrument in which the handle is attached to, or carved from, the resonator, like a neck (necked lutes)
321.322 : Instrument whose body is shaped like a box (necked box lutes)

These instruments may be classified with a suffix, based on the method used to cause the strings to vibrate.

  • 4: Hammers or beaters
  • 5: Bare hands and fingers
  • 6: Plectrum
  • 7: Bowing
    • 71: Using a bow
    • 72: Using a wheel
    • 73: Using a ribbon
  • 8: Keyboard
  • 9: Using a mechanical drive


Instrument Tradition Hornbostel–Sachs classification Description
Spain 321.322 Flatback bandurria is box lute. Roundback bandurria is bowl lute.
bouzouki, Irish
Ireland 321.322 An Irish variant of the Greek bouzouki, with a flat rather than bowl-shaped back
Colombia and Venezuela 321.322 Fretted stringed instrument with a hollow body and with four strings
Puerto Rico 321.322 Fretted stringed instrument with a hollow body, derived from the Spanish tiple and other stringed instruments, made from carved wood with strings (ten, in five courses of two)
Bangladesh 321.322 Small stringed instrument, with plucked metal strings, elongated belly as soundboard and narrow neck ending in a pegbox, decorated with carvings of animals and covered with skin
Sweden 321.322-72 Hurdy-gurdy that uses a rosined wheel to create sound
Turkmenistan 321.322 Plucked string instrument with two strings and a long neck, strummed or plucked
321.322[6] Fretted stringed instrument, long-necked with a flat soundboard and back, and incurved sides
guitar, Portuguese[7]
Portugal 321.322 Fretted 12-stringed (in 6 courses) instrument with a hollow body
Hardanger fiddle
Norway 321.322-71 Ornately decorated fiddle with four main strings and four resonating strings beneath them, which are not touched by the bow
European 321.322 Originally a bowlback, but modern flatbacks exist too
mandole, mondol
Music of Algeria, Music of Morocco, Chaabi music, Music of Kabyle people, Andalusian classical music, Andalusi nubah, Nuubaat 321.322 Fretted stringed instrument, short-necked, 4 courses/8 strings or 5 courses/10 strings or 6 courses/12 strings. Flat soundboard and flatback.
Europe, has spread worldwide 321.322 Fretted stringed instrument, short-necked, the types belonging to this category have a flat, carved, or canted soundboard and flat or carved back
Canada 321.322 Fretted guitar-shaped musical instrument with four strings, tuned diatonically
Sweden 321.322-71 Bowed keyed fiddle
Balochs 321.322 Bowed string instrument with a long neck, similar to a fiddle or sarangi and played vertically
Tiple Colombiano
Colombia 321.322 Guitar-like instrument with a neck and four courses of three strings each
Cuba 321.322 Guitar-like instrument with a neck and three courses of two strings each
Hawaii 321.322 String instrument derived from the Portuguese braguinha, from the Hawaiian uku lele, jumping flea, referring to the swift fingerwork the instrument requires
 chords on a ukulele 
viola da mano (Italian/Portuguese)
Spain, Portugal, Italy 321.322 Most commonly twelve-stringed, arranged in six courses
Germany 321.322 mandola-like lute with nine steel strings
moon guitar, moon lute, gekkin, laqin
China 321.322 Two varieties: a round moon-shaped lute with four strings and a short neck, played with a plectrum, common in Northern China, and a variety with a longer neck found in Taiwan


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  • Wade, Graham (2001). A Concise History of the Classic Guitar. Mel Bay Publications. ISBN 978-0-7866-4978-5.


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