Definition: The family name of all instruments which have strings stretched across a box. Popular in central Europe, In addition to the melody strings, the Concert Zither has a guitar type fretboard (similar to the epinette des vosges), and other models have strings grouped together in chords. Read the full Autoharps, Zithers & Dulcimers FAQ Page.
Hobgoblin specialises in Mandolins. We have flat tops, arch tops, electrics and acoustics in many styles. Blue Moon is great value for beginners, Ashbury is our own brand designed and built specially for us to suit our folk musician customers. We have US designed Kentucky arch-top mandolins and many more besides.
We offer Mandolas from British makers Buchanan and Fylde, our own brands Blue Moon and British designed Ashbury plus instruments from Carvalho in Portugal. We stock Mandolas (tuned CGDA like a viola) and Octave Mandolas (tuned one octave below a mandolin) We occasionally see Mandocellos too.
Hobgoblin has a great selection of Bouzoukis. We offer flat back 8 string Bouzoukis from British makers Buchanan and Fylde, our own brands - Blue Moon and British designed Ashbury - plus instruments from Carvalho in Portugal. We also stock traditional bowl-back Sakis instruments from Greece.
Ukuleles have become massively popular in the last few years and they make a great fun, versatile and affordable instrument to play. Hobgoblin has been selling ukes since 1976 and we have a huge range to offer from fun budget models to our own brand Ashbury ukes which are among the very best anywhere and feature Aquila strings and solid wood construction.
This section includes all the less common type of fretted instrument. We've got Appalachian Dulcimers, Strumsticks from the USA; Ouds from Turkey, Ruan from China, plus Balalaikas from Romania and Cuatros de Puerto Rico.
We always keep a good stock or 5-string banjos, open-back and with resonator. Our best-selling Ashbury range has something for every player, The Blue Moon is a great starter instrument and we have a good range of US made Deerings as well.
Tenor banjos are great for Irish and Celtic tunes and also for Trad Jazz and other rhythm styles. Hobgoblin always have a good range of these from Blue Moon, Ashbury, Deering and plenty of secondhand and vintage examples too.
Several other types of banjo exist, the most popular are the Ukulele Banjo as popularised by George Formby, the Mandolin Banjo (or Banjolin), Plectrum or 4 string G Banjo, and there is even a Guitar Banjo, which makes the banjo sound available to all guitarists.