The bouzouki is the mainstay of modern Greek music as well as other Balkan folk music. It is a
stringed instrument with a pear-shaped body and a very long neck. The bouzouki
is a member of the ‘long neck lute’ family and is similar to a mandolin. The
front of the body is flat and is usually heavily inlaid with mother-of-pearl.The
instrument is played with a plectrum and has a sharp metallic sound.
Many musicians such as Manolis
Chiotis and Giorgos Zampetas began using specially designed pickups to achieve a
slightly thicker humbucker -like sound in the mid-1960s. These pickups are
widely used by several Greek artists today and came in active and (usually)
There are two main types of bouzouki:
- Trichordo, having three pairs of strings (courses).
- Tetrachordo, having four pairs of strings
Giorgos Zampetas: Famous Greek bouzouki player
Edited by Christiana