• Greek bouzouki small baglamadaki

    Greek handmade small baglamadaki it's one piece solid plum tree. Nut and Saddle:real bone. The action is low. Great quality. Soundboard :solid spruce.
    £46.00
    1 bid
    £15.33 postage
    Ending Thursday at 9:20PM BST3d 2hFrom Greece
  • Very little used 6 string banjo in excellent condition

    There is a B on the peg head but no other indication of the maker.
    £46.00
    11 bids
    £28.87 postage
    Ending 29 Oct at 8:00PM GMT7d 2hBrand: UnbrandedCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • DEERING GOODTIME 5 STRING BANJO

    BANJO IS IN A USED CONDITION.
    £81.00
    15 bids
    £29.33 postage
    Ending Saturday at 2:57PM BST4d 20hBrand: DeeringCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 1 pc Black Adjustable Ukulele Guitar Strap String Sling Instrument Hook Music

    100% brand new and high quality Color: Black Material: nylon Width: 2cm Total Length: 66cm(adjustable) Compact and practical Durable high grade webbing Adjustable length(46.5-55cm) Exquisite hook for your to keep the ukulele in place Package included: 1 x Ukulele Strap(other accessories are not included) Conversions : 1 inch = 2.54cm or 1cm = 0.393 inch Note:pls allow a little bit manual measurement error,thanks. The colors may have some differences as the different displays,pls understand!.
    £0.06
    2 bids
    Free postage
    Ending Wednesday at 2:35PM BST1d 19hFrom ChinaBrand: Unbranded
  • Vintage Windsor 5 string zither banjo from 1930s in decent condition

    This is a 5 string Windsor zither banjo featuring the usual tunnelled fifth string. The 5 remaining tuners are all in working order The makers badge is on the heal (photo 5).
    £46.00
    14 bids
    £28.87 postage
    Ending Thursday at 9:15PM BST3d 2hBrand: WindsorCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 21 bar Autoharp made by Oscar Schmid in full working condition

    Unless you are one of those blessed souls with perfect pitch a good multipurpose electronic tuner such as a snark is worth investing in. This is shown on the case photo. As shown in the photos the note to which each string is to be tuned is clearly shown and the chord achieved by depressing each of the buttons is on the button.
    £70.00
    1 bid
    £31.59 postage
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  • Beautiful Natural £150 Electro Acoustic Concert Ukulele in Ovankol Tuner preamp

    £180 Electro Acoustic Concert Ukulele in Ovankol w/ tuner preamp. Electro Acoustic Concert Ukulele in Ovankol w/ tuner preamp. This exotic looking beautifully finished TU OV EC Concert Electro Ukulele from Tanglewood has an exotic Ovankol top, back and sides finished in smooth natural satin.
    £21.00
    7 bids
    £26.14 postage
    Ending Friday at 4:46PM BST3d 21hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Autoharp, "Rally" acoustic 21 chord

    The photo's show the lovely colours front and back. but no idea what the wood is, red maple seems to be a regular choice with makers. There are three hard rubber feet underneath for table top playing, plus two studs, one front and one to the rear for attaching a strap should you choose to stand while playing.
    £142.00
    8 bids
    £31.25 postage
    Ending Tuesday at 4:42PM BST21h 54mBrand: RallyCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Lovely  Italian Bowl back mandolin made by Francesco Salamone   Naples

    This is a really nice bowl back made by the noted Neapolitan maker Francesco Salamone in the early 1900s. I have tried to show the makers labelling a couple of the photographs. There are no splits or cracks to either the table or the bowl.
    £25.00
    4 bids
    £26.59 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 8:30PM BST2d 1hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage Hammer Dulcimer, 12/4 layout, with hammers and tuning Key

    I bought this from a pub when it was closing down more than 30 years ago, where it had been hanging on a wall.otherwise I know little about it.
    £169.00
    24 bids
    £28.83 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 8:48PM BST2d 2hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Keech Banjolele

    A very nice example in excellent condition. Apart from one replaced tensioning hook the banjolele is totally original. All in all a rare find in so much that it is in great original condition and unadulterated in any way.
    £135.00
    0 bids
    £23.66 postage
    Ending Friday at 4:32PM BST3d 21h
    or Best Offer
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  • Gold Tone Custom Banjo Ukulele by Andy Perkins Traditional Instruments, Kent, UK

    I am selling this for a friend who has returned to USA. Its in very good condition and produces a good sound to my untrained ear. It needs a new home. The bundle includes a gig bag and spare strings.
    £75.00
    1 bid
    £34.26 postage
    Ending 31 Oct at 12:08PM GMT8d 18hBrand: Gold ToneCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingVintage Banjo Ukulele, or Banjolele, new strings, original and in good order.

    It has its original tuners and vellum, and a new set of Andy Banjo strings, which will need. playing in.
    £65.00
    0 bids
    £29.08 postage
    Ending 31 Oct at 8:42PM GMT9d 2hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • RRP £169 Concert Acoustic Model Ukulele in Maple with Solid Cedar Top + gig bag

    Amazing tanglewood TWT11 (£139) plus fitted padded gig bag (£29) these have amazing abalone inlaying and superb binding. Really a beautiful uke! The TWT11 is a concert sized ukulele with a solid cedar top.
    £46.00
    9 bids
    £26.47 postage
    Ending Thursday at 9:01PM BST3d 2hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Good looking Banjo ukulele with case, made by Rose brothers -  John Grey model.

    This is an excellent banjo ukulele made by Rose brothers. Their circular "John Grey" badge is on the peg head. I always think that the cut of these John Grey peg heads is elegant. The depth of the pot is 6.5 cm.
    £35.00
    10 bids
    £26.72 postage
    Ending Tuesday at 8:30PM BST1d 1hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • zither banjo

    It features the usual tunnelled 5th string with the string coming out of the tunnel just above the 5th fret. All 5 are in good working order. The banjo is 93 cm. Pot depth is 6 cm. On the heel of the banjo the word unworkable is seen and while the neck has not warped there is a small bow.
    £24.00
    4 bids
    £28.58 postage
    Ending Sunday at 5:21PM GMT5d 23hBrand: UnbrandedCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • FINE VINTAGE BANJO UKULELE MANDOLIN BANJULELE george formby

    VINTAGE BANJO UKULELE BANJO MANDOLIN or BANJULELE mid 20th Century Approx 24 inches (610mm) long and 10 1/2 inches (265mm) in diameter across the pot. It is well made, with a sturdy neck, and nickle & brass fittings. The head is marked MUSIMA (The body has some wear to the lacquer finish, see photographs.) Height of strings at base of neck approx 3mm above frets. There are 8 machine heads ( all of which turn freely) so it can be strung with 4 strings, as a ukulele; or with 8 as a mandolin. It is in good, vintage condition, with light wear consistent with its age, but no damage . This is a good example of its type, by a sought after maker. It would be great to play and it would make a fine addition to any collection. Please see the photos for condition and type 2 kilos.
    £29.99
    2 bids
    £27.26 postage
    Ending Saturday at 8:14PM BST5d 1hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Antique Five Stringed Banjo With Hard Case.

    Hi you’re looking at a five stringed Zither Banjo. This Banjo is in over all good condition with a good used hard case. Dimensions are full length 98cm, neck length 66cm, drum width 35cm, H 12.5cm, & skin width 28cm. Please look at all photos and ask any questions.
    £52.00
    3 bids
    £38.95 postage
    Ending Friday at 8:30PM BST4d 1hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Xiaomi Populele 23 inch APP LED Bluetooth USB Smart Spruce Ukulele for Beginners

    Xiaomi Mi Band 3 Smart Bracelet Heart Rate Monitor Alarm Bluetooth Wristband NEW. This is a practical learning ukulele for beginners. The LED light on the fretboard will show the play locations, then the players just following the light, they can play a song.
    £75.99
    From China
    Free postage
    or Best Offer
    Buy 1, get 1 5% off
  • Michele Maratea Mandolin 1896 Napoli Antique

    Dated 1896 on the label, just under Napoli. Nicely carved tuning pegs, and bottom string pegs. One string broken. Mother of pearl inserts to the fret board.
    £41.00
    4 bids
    £26.70 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 7:44PM BST2dCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Ukulele

    £3.20
    3 bids
    £20.89 postage
    Ending Thursday at 7:28PM BST3dCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingLani Electro Acoustic Ukelele

    I am selling my electro acoustic ukelele I have used it a handful of times and never really learnt so decided it was time to give someone else a chance to. It is in good condition maybe a little out of tune but that's easily fixable. There is a plug in on the side and and controls also. I don't have a case for it but will be boxed and packaged well to send. Would make a great present for someone wanting to learn or just for fun.
    £50.00
    0 bids
    £21.02 postage
    Ending Sunday at 9:17PM GMT6d 3h
    or Best Offer
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  • Authentic Rare Vintage Jose Alvarez Dulcet Spanish Ukulele

    RARE VINTAGE SPANISH UKULELE - JOSE ALVAREZ BARCELONA - WITH TRADE MARK OF A TRIANGLE DULCET - 'FABRICADO EN ESPANA'. The body and the neck are in very good condition. Will need re-stringing. One broken peg and one is an obvious replacement so this will need addressing.  DIMENSIONS:- OVERALL LENGTH OF UKULELE IS 51CM X 16CM AT WIDEST PART. Please refer to the photos as these form part of the description.  I am proud of my feedback so if there are any questions please do not hesitate to ask. If a problem occurs please contact me and I will be happy to resolve it.   Please check out my other items for sale. 
    £19.99
    1 bid
    £19.11 postage
    Ending Saturday at 3:53PM BST4d 21hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • RRP £90 Soprano Acoustic Model Ukulele in gloss Koa with arched back!!

    Soprano ukulele from the Tanglewood Tiare range. Very attractive uke in gloss finish. The Soprano ukulele size is popular for its thin and sparkling tone due to the small body and shorter length. Perfect for travelling and playing on the go, soprano ukuleles are usually tuned to the standard tuning of G-C-E-A and have small spaces between the frets and a light string tension ideal for soft playing styles.
    £23.00
    10 bids
    £24.16 postage
    Ending Thursday at 9:01PM BST3d 2hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingVintage /Antique Broadway banjo ukulele, for repair / restoration

    This is most likely from the early 1920's, so approaching antique status. Keep the discoloured vellum and.
    £25.00
    0 bids
    £22.14 postage
    Ending 31 Oct at 8:59PM GMT9d 3hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingLovely Antique Bowlback Mandolin, Barnes and Mullins, new extra light strings

    Lovely looking Antique Bowlback Mandolin, labelled as the B.I. Barnes and Mullins model. Singed in red by S.Bowley Barnes and Albert E. Mullins. It is fitted with a new set of extra light strings, 0.008, 0.011, 0.020, 0.028.
    £125.00
    0 bids
    £30.88 postage
    Ending 31 Oct at 9:28PM GMT9d 3hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage Ukulele VUC60 EA concert ukulele. 

    Lovely ukulele. Excellent condition with soft black carry/storage case. Tuned and ready to play. Shadow pre-amp with P3-Pro, Volume, treble and bass.
    £40.00
    0 bids
    £20.14 postage
    Ending Today at 8:11PM BST1h 23m
    or Best Offer
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  • Vintage Italian Bowl Back Mandolin - Achille Lanfranco & Figlio

    Label inside reads: ' Achille Lanfranco & Figlio', ' Fabricanti di', 'mandolini, mandole & liuti', 'V ico Secchia, No 41', 'Napoli'.
    £34.99
    1 bid
    £14.32 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 3:02PM BST1d 20hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Ukele

    Kala brand Makala soprano dolphin black sparkle Almost brand new, been played a little bit
    £10.00
    0 bids
    £19.04 postage
    Ending Sunday at 2:15PM GMT5d 20hBrand: KalaCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Banjo Ukulele Carrying Bag & Strings 70cm Long 28cm Wide 9cm Depth Loft Find

    £5.00
    0 bids
    £17.90 postage
    Ending Sunday at 1:58PM GMT5d 20hBrand: UnbrandedCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Harley Benton 5 String Banjo

    My Harley Benton 5 string banjo, for sale because I’m never going to learn to play it. It’s in perfect condition, just a bit dusty because its left there and never played. It comes with a soft case if I can find it, I’m happy for it to be collected if that’s preferable. Feel free to ask any questions.
    £38.00
    1 bid
    £38.76 postage
    Ending Saturday at 11:09PM BST5d 4hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • High Quality Maple And Ebony Bridge For 4 String Banjo Ukulele New

    Maple and ebony bridge for 4 string banjo. 4 String Banjo Bridge x 1. Ebony Strip. We believe that everything could be solved by communication. Popular Three Legged Model. If you have any problems, we are very glad to help you.
    £0.99
    From China
    £0.82 postage
    Brand: Unbranded
    306 sold
  • RRP £79 Concert Acoustic Ukulele in Black Walnut w/ Arched Back & digital tuner

    RRP £79 Concert Acoustic Ukulele in Black Walnut with Arched Back. The new for 2017 Tanglewood Tiare range takes it's inspiration from the lush, forests of the South Pacific, involving a variety of beautiful timbers, there is a ukulele to suit everyone in the series!
    £37.00
    12 bids
    £26.35 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 9:01PM BST2d 2hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Tailpiece for mandolin with screws

    Tailpiece for mandolin made of stainless steel. "The bridge arrived in great condition. I am using it on a lyre mandolin that was built in 1896. Finally strung my mandolin and sounds beautiful. "Looks even better than the photos.
    £7.50
    From Portugal
    £5.00 postage
  • 8 String Banjolele Vintage Antique

    The case is a bit tatty, there is no handle, and one catch is missing. 1.250 kilograms. 5 of 8 strings present.
    £29.99
    0 bids
    £26.56 postage
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  • Attractive Vintage banjo mandolin in fine playing condition

    This very attractive closed back banjo mandolin was made by George Houghton and sons in Birmingham probably in the 20s or 30s. String action is good and there is no wear to either frets or finger board.
    £37.00
    9 bids
    £26.75 postage
    Ending 29 Oct at 8:00PM GMT7d 2hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Oscar Schmidt OU-13 Soprano Ukulele by Washburn.

    Oscar Schmidt Soprano Ukulele Model OU-13 by Washburn. There may be a delay in responding to enquiries sent outside of these hours.
    £65.00
    0 bids
    £19.73 postage
    Ending Friday at 12:52PM BST3d 18hBrand: Oscar SchmidtCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Vintage Banjo Ukulele Case, Banjolele Case,

    This case is in good order with sound stitching. I have had lots of these cases, and this one. The inside of the case is 22.5" long and 9.5" across the widest part. The catches and handle brackets have surface tarnishing but work fine.
    £29.95
    0 bids
    £23.61 postage
    Ending 30 Oct at 8:41PM GMT8d 2hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • New listingStagg US10 Soprano Ukulele with Free Bag

    £10.00
    0 bids
    £20.68 postage
    Ending Sunday at 7:35PM GMT6d 1h
    or Best Offer
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  • New listingStella Harmony Mandolin in sunburst with hard case

    Beautiful Stella Harmony Mandolin. Sunburst. With hard case. Plays well. Comfortable. Needs new strings. If you want something sterile and unmarked, don't bother. No marks on Mandolin, but, a few cosmetic marks on case. Both are old and full of history and character. And still do the job they were both made for. Played by South American musicians.
    £100.00
    Brand: Harmony
    £31.25 postage
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  • Mahalo U50 Soprano Ukulele in a CNB Hard Case

    £19.99
    2 bids
    £22.07 postage
    Ending Tuesday at 2:38PM BST19h 50mBrand: MAHALOCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • 21'' Soprano Ukulele Apelila Hawaiian Acoustic Guitar Musical Instrument w/ Bag

    ❤8 Colors ❤Beginner Instrument ❤Easy to play❤Free Tuner
    £17.99 to £20.48
    From Hong Kong
    £1.49 postage
    Brand: Unbranded
    34 watching
  • Kmise Ukulele Felt Picks 5 Colors 5Pcs for Ukelele Uke Nylon Stringed Instrument

    Kmise Felt Picks for Ukulele. Cutting Plotter part. Ukulele parts. 5 x Felt Ukulele Picks (Purple Orange Green Pink Gray). Guitar Bass Accessories. Guitar One Humbucker Pickguard Scratch Plate For Fender Stratocaster Strat 3 Ply.
    £1.99
    From China
    Free postage
    54 sold
  • GIBSON TB-100 Replacement Wooden Mahogany Vintage Tenor Banjo Neck 103911

    Weight: 500g. Material: Wood. Main Colour: Mahogani. Everything included in the sale is photographed. Anything not photographed is not included.
    £113.99
    0 bids
    £49.99 postage
    Ending Sunday at 4:41PM GMT5d 22hTop Rated PlusBrand: Gibson
  • Ukulele Purple

    Lovely instrument, used a handful of times as now Piano is the favourite so the Ukulele has not been used Excellent condition comes with starter music book and tuner Great item perhaps for Christmas
    £20.00
    0 bids
    £19.17 postage
    Ending Wednesday at 7:57PM BST2d 1hCustoms services and international tracking provided
  • Deering Goodtime 5 String Open Back Banjo

    Its versatility is well known among players who use top grade banjo’s. Fitted with Shubb 5th String Capo.
    £129.00
    3 bids
    £39.13 postage
    Ending Thursday at 4:01PM BST2d 21hBrand: DeeringCustoms services and international tracking provided
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Folk World String Instruments

String musical instruments, also known as chordophones, produce a sound when the tensioned strings are vibrated using a bow or when they are plucked or struck.  

Musicians can pluck the strings with fingernails or a plectrum, which is also known as a ‘pick’, whilst a bowed instrument is played with a bow made of horsehair being stroked across the strings to cause them to vibrate and produce the sound.  

Folk musicians use both methods to create their distinctive style of music.

Types of instrument

There are three principal groups of string instruments:

  • Zithers – This is where the strings are mounted on a frame or body, instruments like harpsichords, pianos and a cimbaloms fall into this category
  • Lutes – Instruments where the strings are supported by a next and a bout, or ‘gourd’, and include guitars, fiddles and violins
  • Harps – This is where the strings are contained within a frame

Techniques for playing string instruments

There are three common techniques for playing string instruments:

  • Plucking – This is where strings are plucked using a finger, thumb or a plectra
  • Bowing – A bow is drawn forwards and backwards across the strings so they vibrate
  • Striking – The strings are struck by hammers to give a percussive sound

String instruments favoured by folk musicians

Folk musicians use a range of string instruments that aren’t usually associated with an orchestra.  These include:

  • Banjos – These can include four, five or even six strings that sit above a thin resonator membrane sitting over a frame, known as the head.  The strings are plucked by the musician to create a unique sound
  • Dobros – A form of acoustic guitar that uses a metal resonate in the body that acts as an amplifier but unlike traditional acoustic guitars, the resonator replaces the sound hole
  • Fiddles – A classic string instrument for folk music and played using a bow, it is similar to the violin but is usually slightly smaller and can be set with a bridge and a flatter arch that allows multiple strings to be played at the same time
  • Acoustic guitars – A form of chordophone, it can be built with four to eighteen strings but usually a guitar has only six strings.  It is played by plucking or strumming the strings to make them vibrate and produce a sound
  • Dulcimers – With three or more strings, one plays the melody whilst the others act as drones
  • Mandolins – has double strings and is played using a plectra to produce its sound, and is also able to play a full range of chords.
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