The Takhe usually has three to five legs supporting it. When performing, the player sits beside the instrument. The left hand runs up and down the strings, whilts the right hand plucks them using a plectrum. The word "Takhe" means alligator or crocodile, as the instrument from above resembles the shape of one, in addition, the frets are also rather like crocodile's teeth. Older models of the Takhe have a carved alligator or crocodile's head to enhance this image. Now this is rarely so and the decoration lies in the ornamented inlay on the side of the instrument.
The basic shape of the instrument is rectangular with the front part (or head) pointed, whilst the body, "Thung" is wider. The "Thung" is made of hardwood such as "Khnor". There are twelve frets on the sound board, made from bone inlaid into a hard wood. There are three tuning pegs made of bone or hard wood, "Neang Nung", and one bridge elevating the string is also made of bone.
The three strings are "Kse Ek", "Kse Gor" and the third, "Kse Deck" or "Kse Bantor", the last being made of metal or bronze.
The tail piece is called "King Kourk" or "Kragn" and is usually made from a thin piece of bronze.
The Takhe is used for wedding music, Aye-aye and Chapei music as well as Mahori and other modern music, including solo form, depending on the skills of the musician.
Reference: Traditional Musical Instruments of Cambodia, p.21