A stringed instrument that is classified as a chordophone that can be either strummed or plucked. A folk instrument of African origin from the guitar family. It has a fretted fingerboard, elongated neck, a circular body, and four or five strings. The body has a soundboard animal skin or parchment like a drum. A fretted instrument which usually has five strings and is plucked with the fingers or a plectrum. used in country music and early jazz.