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The Arabic oud is the most preferred oud instrument among the types of ouds used in the world. It owes its popularity to its romantic, rich sound and deep timbre. Arabic oud is heavier compared to Turkish ouds given that its soundbox whose bowl is thicker. The bowl of the Arabic oud is thick enough to resist the hard weather conditions such as very high temperatures, heath differences between day and night, etc. When the strings are struck, the sustain is shorter in this kind of oud. Arabic ouds are also slightly bigger than the Turkish ouds and they are mainly used in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Syria, and the region known as the Levant comprising Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan. However, its reputation has expanded worldwide. After all, Arabic ouds are the ancestors of the European lute. Arabic ouds are fretless instruments, they are played with a single pick. There are several types of Arabic ouds in terms of their number of strings, not all of these types are frequently used by players. There are Arabic ouds with four courses, each course with a pair of string, which are still used in Morocco. Arabic ouds with five courses are the most common ones. They are also called ud mısrî (Egyptian oud) due to fine ouds made by Egyptian oud makers. The Arabic oud with eleven strings organized in five-courses with an additional course of a single string is also commonly used and you can find eleven string Arabic ouds in our store. The extra string in the six-course oud (the sixth course being with a single string) enables the instrument to generate a broader range of pitches. In our store, we allow our customers to make a choice among standard, special, and professional ouds. You can select any kind of Arabic oud from the wide range of Arabic ouds we present in our store according to your budget and your expectations from the instrument. As you know, Arabic ouds have large soundboxes or bowls made of a series of ribs. The quality of the bowl depends on the wood used to manufacture the oud. The materials used in the bowls of the Arabic ouds in our store vary from walnut to mahogany. Their flat front surfaces or the faces are from spruce, which is a lightweight wood that reverberates when struck. The tuning pegs and fingerboards are constructed from ebony. We sell good-quality, handmade professional and special ouds. Surely, the best-quality ouds are handmade, and the ouds we sell in our store are produced by some of the best luthiers in the world. For instance, you can check our special Arabic oud with thirteen strings manufactured by Mehmet Caymaz. These ouds are excellent because they are comfortable and increase the quality of the performance. On the other hand, we provide standard ouds and a range of factory-made Arabic ouds, which would be convenient for beginners, who have just begun to explore this authentic instrument. The sizes of the Arabic ouds in our catalog are nearly the same; they come with a distance of 60 cm from the bridge to the nut, a bowl of 51 cm, and their width is 38 cm. We can assure you will find the best Arabic oud for your needs among the oud types on our website. All of our ouds are made of high-quality products, and we offer our Arabic ouds with the best prices for their quality.
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