The balalaika is an 18th century descendant from the Russian Dombra, a three string instrument with a round body and long neck. The Balalaika has a triangular body, slightly arched back, flat top, 3 or 6 strings, and is made in 6 sizes. Originally it had but 2 strings; the Almanach de Gotha of 1772 still mentions 2 strings.
Soprano or Prima Balalaika, solid spruce face, maple back, beech neck. Well constructed. Tuning: EEA.
17 7/8 inches from nut to bridge.
Made in Eastern Europe
Romanian Balalaika, 3 string Soprano