Sarod Model - #252Sarod has a total of 23 strings which consist of 8 main strings, 2 chikari strings and 13 sympathetic strings. Sarod is believed to be the descendant of the Rabab (found in Afghanistan). The instrument is carved from a piece of wood, hollowed out and covered with a leather parchment. The neck consists of a fretless fingerboard covered with a chrome plated metal plate which acts as the fingerboard. The upper end of the neck is the pegbox, where a detachable second gourd is placed. The Sarod is played by plucking the strings with a plectrum normally made from coconut shell. The steel fret board permits the characteristic slides (or meend) associated with Indian ragas.