It has a wooden body and steel strings, each of which is supported by a bridge in the shape of an inverted “V.”
The đàn tranh can be used either as a solo instrument, or as one of many to accompany singer/s.
The đàn tranh originally had 16 strings but it was renovated by Master Nguyễn Vĩnh Bảo (b. 1918) of South Vietnam in the mid 1950s.
Since then, the 17-stringed đàn tranh has gained massive popularity and become the most preferred form of the instrument used throughout Vietnam.
The đàn tranh is similar to the Chinese guzheng, Japanese koto and the Korean kayagum.