Chapei dong veng

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Kong Nay playing the chapei dong veng, Phnom Penh, 2007

The Chapei Dong Veng (Khmer: ចាប៉ីដងវែង) or chapey (ចាប៉ី) is a Cambodian two-stringed, long-necked guitar that is usually plucked. It has two double courses of nylon strings.[1][2] The top and bottom strings are typically tuned to G and C respectively, with the 12 frets having notes 1 D, 2 E, 3 F, 4 G, 5 A, 6 B, 7 C, 8 D, 9 E, 10 F, 11 G, 12 A.

Portrait of a girl with a chapey, 1880. She was a musician at the Cambodian Royal Palace, where the picture was taken.


  1. ^ "South East Asia". ATLAS of Plucked Instruments. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  2. ^ "The Stringed Instrument Database". Archived from the original on 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2016-05-13.

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