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String Kings Music celebrates all stringed musical instruments, from the autoharp to the zither and everything in between. If an instrument has strings and makes beautiful music, you’ll find it here.

We truly love music and are always on the lookout for the very best string instruments, accessories, learning aides, and gift items for musicians and music fans. Have fun browsing our site, and check back often for our latest discoveries.

What is a Stringed Instrument?

A stringed instrument is any instrument that uses movement of the strings to make music. Thus a piano, even though it has keys, is actually a stringed instrument. A piano relies on the striking of strings inside of it to create actual sounds.

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String instruments can be divided into three basic groups: lutes, harps, and zithers. Each of these categories is described briefly here.


The lute category includes instruments that support the strings along a neck, which can be fretted or fretless. Examples include banjo, bass guitar, bouzouki, cello, guitar, lute, mandolin, oud, sarod, sitar, Strumstick, tambura, ukulele, upright bass, veena, viola, and violin. Lutes are the among the oldest plucked musical instruments, and have been found in 4,000 year old archaeological remains.


The harp category includes instruments that contain the strings within a frame. The harp is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. In fact, harps are depicted in Egyptian tomb wall paintings that date from early 3,000 B.C.


The zither category includes instruments with strings that are mounted on a body. Examples include autoharp, dulcimer, guzheng, harpsichord, pedal steel guitar, piano, psaltery, santoor, and zither. The earliest known zither-type instrument was discovered in a tomb that dated from 433 B.C.

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You can learn more about any of these instruments on our site. Visit our String Instruments page and choose any instrument from the list. For the sake of simplicity, we’re highlighting 27 of the most popular stringed instruments. We’ll cover some of the more obscure string instruments in our posts. For example, a guitarist friend of ours is learning to play the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument in the lute family. We’re adding new things every day, so check back often!

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