Electric baglamas began to be made in the late 1960s to increase the sound volume and enable it to be used in rock music. Structurally similar to the original instrument, these have electroguitar pickups fitted into the body.
There are still no generally accepted standards for baglama making: which wood should be used for the body, how thick the sounding board should be, and how long the fingerboard. Yet gradually a standard baglama is emerging despite these debates. Instead of carving the body out of solid mulberry wood, which is difficult to obtain today, juniper wood is glued together in strips.
Spruce is used for the sounding board, and kelebek wood for the fingerboard. The size of the body and length of the fingerboard depends on the top note desired by the musician ordering the instrument.
Baglama represents Turkish folk music
The Kopuz and the Baglama
Dervishes and the Baglama
Like its ancestor the kopuz, the Turkmens of Anatolia attached sacred significance to the baglama, and the religious ceremonies of the Alevi and Bektasi sects begin by kissing the baglama and touching it to the head before beginning to play the hymns which made up a large part of the ritual.