gadulka

A stringed instrument, aptly named gadulka, comes from Bulgaria. It consists of the soundboard sculpted from a single piece of wood, covered with one board, rather short and fretless neck, three major metal strings and ten resonating bourdon strings.

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Gadulka is one of the most popular string instruments in Bulgaria, especially in the valleys of Thrace. Its body was created from one piece of wood, usually maple, which has a very high quality of sound. 3 main metal strings are placed on the sounding board over the bridge, called "donkey."You can play gadulka with the bow made of horsehair.

One of the most famous virtuosos (gadulka players)is a Bulgarian musician, Yordan Vassilev, known as a one of the greatest masters of the traditional musical instruments' play and the  conductor of Thrace orchestra.

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