The Viola da Terceira, or Viola de Arame Terceirence, or Viola da Terra Terceirence, comes from the Azores island of Terceira, most likely arriving there in the second half of the 19th century. The most guitar-like viola, it can have 15 strings arranged in six courses (three triple and three double), or 18 strings arranged in seven courses. It also features a raised fingerboard that extends to the soundhole, widening its possibilities in the execution of the demanding musical themes found in the tradition of the Terceira. Rather than the more usual decorative bridge extensions, it features decorative square end-blocks, with stylized flower inlays beneath the bridge. As with nearly all violas, the bridge is in two parts: unlike other violas, on this instrument ball-end strings pass through holes in the glued-on section of the bridge, then run over a thin piece of wood which acts as a floating saddle sitting directly on the soundboard. The six-course Viola Terceirense is tuned like the modern guitar, the three highest courses are double and tuned in unison, while the three lowest are triple and tuned in octaves. The seven-course version has an extra bass course tuned as the player wishes.