The Spanish word for 'treble' or 'soprano,' often applied to specific instruments. A small guitar of Spain, Colombia, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. In Spain the tiple has fewer strings than the guitarra, and is strummed. The Colombian tiple is slightly smaller than the guitar, with four courses of metal strings tuned to the same pitches as the four upper strings of the guitar, but with the middle string of the three lowest courses tuned an octave lower. Courtesy of New Grove DMI © 1995.