The balalaika is an 18th century descendant from the Russian Dombra, a three string instrument with a round body and long neck. Made of maple with a spruce top. Beech neck. 3 wound strings. Open geared tuning. Bass Balalaika, 3 string Total length: 41 Body width: 26" Scale length: 27 Nut width: 1-5/8 Tuning: B, E, A.