Welcome to the Hobgoblin Music Instrument Info & FAQ Pages
We've been compiling this information for decades, and while the presentation does not take the questions and answers format you might expect to find on an FAQ page, we have tried to give all the information we know about the many products listed here, in order to pre-emtively answer any questions you might have!
The famous Hobgoblin Musical Instruments Glossary is based on information originally compiled by ARC music, and has been extensively revised, extended and developed for the internet by Pete McClelland at Hobgoblin Music. We believe it's one of the most comprehensive lists on the web.
Definition: small flat backed wire-strung plucked instrument; played with a plectrum; popular from renaissance to baroque times. Modern citterns are much bigger, and more like mandolins in shape. Usually with 10 strings in 5 courses. Related to Portuguese Guitarra. Read the full Citterns FAQ Page.