The gusle is a one-stringed fiddle played in Serbia and neighbouring countries, prinicpally to accompany the singing of epic ballads. It is played vertically and the string is stopped directly by the fingers (not by pressing it against a fingerboard).
A nicely made instrument, this one has the typical carved goat’s head and extensive chip-carving to the body.
It is fitted with a gut string which seems to be happiest at around a D (the same octave as the d string on a violin or viola).
Scale length: 35cm, overall length: 60cm