Gambus originated from the lands of Arabia which was accepted and adapted by the Malay ethnic people and used as a type of musical instrument.

This musical instrument resembles a mandolin and a guitar. The difference lies in the hole of the Gambus which is covered in goat skin or stingray skin.

The strings on the Gambus come in many variations, ranging from three strings to 12 strings, with each string being either a single string or a double string.

In Indonesia, Gambus is a musical instrument that accompanies Malay art inspired by Islam, such as accompanying the Zapin dance, waiting for the yellowing rice fields and also played for lullabies. Gambus can be played individually or in groups.