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It would appear from several sources that the stringing of the oud depends heavily on the make of your oud be it Iraqi, Syrian, Egyptian, etc. It would seem that the stringing setup is a matter of local preference. A good source to refer to would be the stringing and tuning page at Oudcafe.com : The Syrian oud often has eleven strings and some common ...


According to this random person on the Internet, Arabic Ouds are sometimes available in 10 or 12 string varieties. According to this string reseller, ouds can have "11 or 12 strings in 5 or 6 courses". And finally this site shows a diagram of an 11-string oud but also says "in some ouds you can find 12 strings in the same corresponding order" So you ...

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