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- Europe (South) - Laghouto. ATLAS of Plucked Instruments. "The laghouto (or laouto) is a kind of hybrid : a large lute-shaped body with a guitar-neck and a mandolin-like tuning. A similar type of instrument is used all over the Balkan (often with similar sounding names). It is usually quite expensive. There are two types : one on the mainland and a larger laghouto on the island of Crete. There is also another lute-like instrument : the outi, which is similar to the Turkish oud (see Middle East) ... See for the related lutes : lavta and outi under Turkey."