Tiple

Description
The tiple, the smallest string instrument in Puerto Rico, may be the one with the most regional variety. Small guitar or ukulele-like instruments are found throughout Latin America with the name tiple. The Puerto Rican tiple is derived from an instrument of the same name brought by settlers from the Canary Islands.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
tiple
Date made
early 20th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 30 cm; x 11 13/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
1997.0097.1081
accession number
1997.0097
catalog number
1997.0097.1081
subject
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
Music & Musical Instruments
Vidal
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Vidal
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title
Tiple
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Visitor Comments

10/16/2016 1:25:53 PM
Kelly
We have a tiple that dates back to 1910-1925. We've had it restored and are playing it. From what we have read it is the American derivation of the original instrument, since it has 10 strings: 2, 3, 3, 2. We're wondering how the tiple got to the United States from Latin America and the Caribbean. Does anyone have any history on its migration into the U.S.?
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