The charango is an instrument originating in South America. It is a descendant of some form of stringed instrument brought over to South America by the Conquistadores.
Originally the charango would have been made from the shell of the back of an Armadillo, however, modern Charangos are usually made of wood, which is a much better resonator (and is far more ethical).
Charangos have 10 strings, usually tuned to:
GG CC EE AA EE
With one of the middle Es tuned to an E an octave down.
This is an easy instrument to learn if you already play the Ukulele, since it has the same tuning for the bottom 4 pairs of strings, with an extra E string at the top.
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