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Plucked string instrument: list of all the most popular musical instruments in this family. Any well-known instrument in the Plucked string instrument instruments family is included along with photos when available. List includes Portuguese guitar, Ektara, more. By far and away, the most popular instrument in the plucked string family is the guitar. Think about how different the world would be without the guitar. In its many incarnations, along with the bass, the guitar has allowed for so many people to learn music by plucking its strings and creating music. The world would be a different place if plucked string instruments weren't around. The same goes for instruments like ukulele and the banjo. Though the sounds created by these instruments are very different, the one thing they have in common is that they're all a part of the plucked string family. Whether it's the electric guitar or the bandurria, it doesn't matter, all of these instruments have strings.   (115 items)

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Acoustic bass guitar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Acoustic bass guitar Guitar, Plucked string instrument The acoustic bass guitar is a bass instrument with a hollow wooden body similar to, though usually somewhat larger than a steel-string acoustic guitar. Like the traditional electric bass guitar ...more

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Acoustic guitar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument An acoustic guitar is a guitar that uses only acoustic means to transmit the strings' vibrational energy to the air in order to make a sound. Acoustic means not electric or using electric ...more

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Arpa Doppia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Arpa Doppia Plucked string instrument, Harp

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Baglama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Baglama Plucked string instrument The baglamas or baglamadaki, a long necked bowl-lute, is a plucked string instrument used in Greek music; it is a version of the bouzouki pitched an octave higher, with unison pairs on the four ...more

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Bajo sexto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Bajo sexto Plucked string instrument Bajo sexto is a Mexican string instrument with 12 strings in 6 double courses, while bajo quinto has 10 strings in 5 double courses. Although of southern Mexican origin, these instruments are ...more

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Balalaika is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Balalaika Plucked string instrument, Dombra The balalaika is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular body and three strings. The balalaika family of instruments includes instruments of various sizes, from ...more

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Bandora is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Bandora Plucked string instrument The Bandora or Bandore is a large long-necked plucked string-instrument that can be regarded as a bass cittern though it does not have the re-entrant tuning typical of the cittern. Probably ...more

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Bandurria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Bandurria Plucked string instrument The bandurria is a plucked chordophone from Spain, similar to the mandolin, primarily used in Spanish folk music, but also found in countries that were once colonies of Spain.

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Banjo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Banjo Plucked string instrument The banjo is a four-, five- or six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head. The membrane, or head, is typically a piece of ...more

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Barbat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Barbat Plucked string instrument The barbat or barbud was a lute of possibly Central Asian origin. Many instruments such as the Arabic oud are derived from the barbat. The modern Persian Barbat is almost the same thing as the ...more

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Baroque guitar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Baroque guitar Guitar, Plucked string instrument The Baroque guitar is a string instrument with five courses of gut strings and moveable gut frets. The first course was often a single string.

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Begena is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Begena Plucked string instrument The begena is an Eritrean and Ethiopian string instrument with ten strings belonging to the family of the lyre. According to oral tradition, Menelik I brought the instrument to the region from ...more

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Bordonua is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Bordonua Plucked string instrument The Bordonua is a large, deep body bass guitar which is native to Puerto Rico. They are made using several different shapes and sizes. The Bordonúa is the least common of the three ...more

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Bouzouki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Bouzouki Plucked string instrument The bouzouki is a Greek musical instrument that was brought to Greece in the 1900s by Greek immigrants from Asia Minor, and quickly became the central instrument to the rebetika genre and its ...more

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Buzuq is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Buzuq Plucked string instrument The buzuq is a long-necked fretted lute related to the Greek bouzouki and Turkish saz. It is an essential instrument in the Rahbani repertoire, but it is not classified among the classical ...more

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Cavaquinho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument The cavaquinho is a small string instrument of the European guitar family with four wire or gut strings. A cavaquinho player is called a cavaquista. The most common tuning is D-G-B-D; other ...more

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Çeng is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Çeng Plucked string instrument The çeng is a Turkish harp. It was a popular Ottoman instrument until the last quarter of the 17th century. The word comes from the Persian word "chang," which means ...more

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Charango is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Charango Plucked string instrument The charango is a small Andean stringed instrument of the lute family, originated in Quichua and Aymara populations in post-Columbian times, after America met the stringed instruments as they ...more

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Cittern is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument The cittern or cithren is a stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance. Modern scholars debate its exact history, but it is generally accepted that it is descended from the Medieval citole, ...more

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Clàrsach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Clàrsach Plucked string instrument, Harp The Celtic harp is a triangular harp traditional to Brittany, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is known as a telenn in Breton, cláirseach in Irish, clàrsach in Scottish Gaelic and ...more

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Classical guitar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument The classical guitar is the member of the guitar family used in classical music. It is an acoustical wooden guitar with six classical guitar strings as opposed to the metal strings used in ...more

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Contrabass guitar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Contrabass guitar Guitar, Plucked string instrument A contrabass guitar is a low-register plucked string instrument in the guitar family with five or six strings. It is often called, simply, a six string bass guitar. The five string bass guitar ...more

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Cuatro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Cuatro Plucked string instrument The cuatro is any of several Latin American instruments of the guitar or lute families. Many cuatros are smaller than a guitar. Cuatro means four in Spanish, although current instruments may ...more

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Cümbüş is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Cümbüş Plucked string instrument The cümbüş is a Turkish stringed instrument of relatively modern origin. It was developed in 1930 by Zeynel Abidin Cümbüş as an oud-like instrument that could be heard as ...more

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Đàn tranh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Đàn tranh Plucked string instrument The đàn tranh is a plucked zither of Vietnam, which is similar to the Chinese guzheng, the Japanese koto, the Korean kayagum and the Mongolia Yatga. In northern Vietnam, the instrument is ...more

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Dombra is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Dombra Plucked string instrument, Lute The dombra is a long-necked lute and a musical string instrument. The instrument shares some of its characteristics with the komuz and dutar.

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Domra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Domra Plucked string instrument The domra is a long-necked Russian string instrument of the lute family with a round body and three or four metal strings.

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Doshpuluur is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument The doshpuluur is a long-necked Tuvan lute made from wood, usually pine or larch. The doshpuluur is played by plucking and strumming. There are two different versions of the doshpuluur. One ...more

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Dutar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Dutar Plucked string instrument The dutar is a traditional long-necked two-stringed lute found in Iran and Central Asia. Its name comes from the Persian word for "two strings", دو تار dotār, although the Herati dutar ...more

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Duxianqin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument The duxianqin, also yixianqin, is a Chinese plucked string instrument with only one string. The duxianqin is nearly identical to the Vietnamese đàn bầu, from which it is likely to have ...more

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Eight string guitar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Eight string guitar Guitar, Plucked string instrument An eight-string guitar is a guitar with two more strings than the usual six, or one more than the Russian guitar's seven. Eight-string guitars are less common than six and seven string guitars, ...more

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Ektara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Ektara Plucked string instrument Ektara is a one-string instrument most often used in traditional music from Bangladesh, India, Egypt, and Pakistan. In origin the ektara was a regular string instrument of wandering bards and ...more

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Fretless guitar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Fretless guitar Guitar, Plucked string instrument A fretless guitar is a guitar without frets, such that fingering its strings at particular positions on the string is done by pressing the string against its fingerboard. A "fretboard" ...more

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Gayageum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Gayageum Plucked string instrument The gayageum or kayagum is a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument, with 12 strings, though some more recent variants have 21 or other numbers of strings. It is probably the best ...more

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Geomungo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Geomungo Plucked string instrument The geomungo or hyeongeum is a traditional Korean stringed musical instrument of the zither family of instruments with both bridges and frets. Scholars believe that the name refers to Goguryeo ...more

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Gittern is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Gittern Plucked string instrument The gittern was a relatively small gut strung round-backed instrument that first appears in literature and pictorial representation during the 13th century in Western Europe. It is usually ...more

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Gottuvadhyam is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Gottuvadhyam Plucked string instrument The chitravina often mis-spelt as gottuvadyam, gottuvadhyam, kottuvadyam etc.), which was bestowed upon it by Sakha Rama Rao from Tiruvidaimarudur, who was responsible for bringing it back to ...more

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Gravikord is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Gravikord Plucked string instrument The gravikord is a modern, 24 string, electric double bridge-harp invented by Robert Grawi in 1986, which is closely related to both the West African kora and the kalimba. It was designed to ...more

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Guitar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
String instrument, Plucked string instrument The guitar is a popular musical instrument classified as a string instrument with anywhere from 4 to 18 strings, usually having 6. The sound is projected either acoustically or through ...more

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Guitarro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitarro Plucked string instrument The Guitarro is a small, baroque, five-stringed guitar from Aragon, slightly larger than the requinto or cavaquinho. The instrument is also found in other regions of Spain, such as Andalusia, La ...more

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Guqin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument The guqin is a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family. It has been played since ancient times, and has traditionally been favored by scholars and literati as an ...more

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Guzheng is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guzheng Plucked string instrument The guzheng or gu zheng, also simply called zheng, is a Chinese plucked zither. It has 18 or more strings and movable bridges, and the modern guzheng usually has 21 strings and bridges. The ...more

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Hansa Veena is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Hansa Veena Plucked string instrument

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Harp is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
String instrument, Plucked string instrument The harp is a stringed musical instrument which has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard, which are plucked with the fingers. Harps have been known since ...more

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Harp guitar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Harp guitar Guitar, Plucked string instrument The harp guitar is a guitar-based stringed instrument with a history of well over two centuries. While there are several unrelated historical stringed instruments that have been referred to as ...more

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harpsichord is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
harpsichord Keyboard, Plucked string instrument A harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. It produces sound by plucking a string when a key is pressed. "Harpsichord" designates the whole family of similar ...more

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Irish bouzouki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Irish bouzouki Plucked string instrument The Irish bouzouki is a development of the Greek adapted for Irish traditional and other folk music from the late 1960s onward.

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Kacapi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Kacapi Plucked string instrument Kacapi is a zither-like Sundanese musical instrument played as the main accompanying instrument in the Tembang Sunda or Mamaos Cianjuran, kacapi suling genre, pantun stories recitation or an ...more

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Kantele is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Kantele Gusli, Plucked string instrument A kantele or harppu is a traditional plucked string instrument of the dulcimer and zither family native to Finland and Karelia. Its relatives can be found throughout the world, including ...more

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Kanun is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Kanun Plucked string instrument The kanun is a string instrument played in much of the Middle East, Central Asia, and southeastern Europe. The name derives from the Arabic word kānun, which means "rule, norm, ...more