The saz (from Persian: ساز‎) is a family of plucked string instruments, popular in Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, as well as parts of Syria, Iraq and the Balkan countries. According to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, "the terms 'bağlama' and 'saz' are used somewhat interchangeably in Turkey, applied to a long-necked lute of folk traditions.