Color can vary and slight imperfections are normal for metal as the hand finishing process as we feel, adds character and authenticity to those items. The guzheng or gu zheng (Chinese: ; pinyin: gzhng, pronounced [kùt]), also simply called zheng (, gu means ancient), is a Chinese plucked zither.
It has 18 or more strings and movable bridges, and the modern guzheng usually has 21 strings and bridges. The picks (called DaiMao) used by performers to play guzheng are often made out of the shells of hawksbill turtles. The guzheng is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese àn tranh. The guzheng should not be confused with the guqin (another ancient Chinese zither with no moveable bridges).
The early types of guzheng emerged during the Warring States period (475 to 221 BCE) where the slaughter of cattle, hogs, horses and especially dogs was rampant. Intestines of dog were made as a strings for the guzheng which is commonly called catgut. It was largely influenced by the se. It became prominent during the Qin period (221 to 206 BCE), and by the Tang Dynasty (618 CE to 907 CE), the guzheng was arguably the most commonly played instrument in China. Musicological studies in the late 20th century indicate that early bamboo tube zithers might be one of the prototypes of the guzheng, koto, gayageum, and the àn tranh.
The modern zheng is very different from ones made centuries ago, mainly due to natural evolution influenced by local as well as historical environments but also because of the adoption of Western musical styles. Strings were once made from silk but now they are almost always metal-nylon which increased the instrument's capabilities, volume and timbre. The customer assumes the responsibility for knowing what can be legally imported into his/her country.Please pay attention to the fact that it would take longer for international shippings to arrive at your hand than domestic shippings. If you allow us the opportunity, we will make it right for you! The item "49 Gu Zheng Harp Traditional Chinese musical instrument Chinese zither #5174" is in sale since Wednesday, August 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\String\Folk & World\Guzhengs". The seller is "chinatown-antiquer" and is located in MainLand. This item can be shipped worldwide.