866-ZZOUNDS (866-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 205-ZW21
close [x]
Available Hours (EST):
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM
  • Sat, Sun 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Email Print
Sign up to receive our All Access Pass newsletter!
Guitars, Amps, and Effects Bass Guitars, Amps, and Effects Keyboards and MIDI Recording Computer Audio and Software Live Sound/PA Drums DJ Equipment Accessories Downloadable Sheet Music Other Musical Instruments and Equipment
Customer Kudos "zZounds has allowed me to build a quality studio with their payment plans. I will only shop elsewhere if zZounds doesn't carry it." - Customer on April 15
Banjos, resonators, ukuleles, and more

Folk Instruments

Get back to your roots with these classic instruments

Folk music features a number of classic instruments, each with their own rich history and unique sound. By playing any one of these legendary folk instruments, you are participating in a rich tradition of creating and enjoying music just as our ancestors did long ago.


The twangy and percussive sound of the banjo can be heard in many styles of folk music -- and with five strings and a slim neck, it's easy for the casual player or beginner to pick up the basics of a stringed instrument.

Shop all Banjos »


The chiming and resonant tone of the mandolin has been rounding out folk ensembles for hundreds of years. The mando's strong melodic ability makes it a great lead instrument.

Shop all Mandolins »

Electric Violins

The romantic and powerful sound of the violin is great for adding intensity and melody to recordings and performances. These electric violins take the classic design of the violin and improve it for the modern musician, adding electronic pickups and EQ in a lightweight body with authentic playability.

Shop all Electric Violins »


The ukulele has become a favorite of folk instrumentalists, thanks to its tiny size and sweet voice. Play in a group? Acoustic-electric ukuleles offer quality construction and playability, with electronics and pickups added to translate their unique sound accurately in any live setting.

Shop all Ukuleles »

Lap Steel Guitars

The vocal-like portamento of the lap steel is one of the most recognizable sounds in folk music. Played by fretting a steel bar across the neck and moving it between the frets when strings are plucked, the lap steel's many unique chord and melodic combinations make it a favorite to play -- and essential to the characteristic sound of many styles of folk music.

Shop all Lap Steel Guitars »

Dobros and Resonator Guitars

Dobros and resonator guitars owe their brilliant tone to a unique design that's made to sound huge, with or without amplification. Outfitted with resonating devices and steel bodies, these guitars boom with sound as big and bold as the wide open country.

Shop all Dobros and Resonator Guitars »


No folk song is complete without the freight-train moan of the harmonica. Available in several keys and styles, the harmonica is simple to learn and fun to play. Pro tip: Have harmonicas in several keys on hand, and you'll be prepared to play in a variety of styles with a variety of instruments.

Shop all Harmonicas »


At once droning, melodic, and rhythmic, the sound of the accordion evokes the feeling of long romantic nights and intense, passionate dancing. These accordions are great for the stage or impromptu jam sessions, offering up exceptional tone and modern features for any level of player.

Shop all Accordions »


Combining elements of the keyboard and harmonica, but with a tone all its own, the melodica is one of the few keyboard instruments that requires no electricity at all. Lightweight and portable, it's powered by your breath -- but unlike most wind instruments, it's polyphonic. Finally, keyboardists have an instrument to bring to the campfire!

Shop all Melodicas »

History of Folk
BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
866-zZounds (866-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 205-ZW21. Llame Gratis en Español: 800-460-7976
Lunes-Viernes de 1AM a 1AM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Follow zZounds on:
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2016, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 866-zZounds (866-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. zZounds gets you your gear fast

At zZounds, you‘ll get your gear fast and, usually, with free delivery. Because we have warehouses in New Jersey, Nevada and Mississippi, nearly 95 percent of Americans reside within our two-day shipping zones. Combine this with the fact that many of our best-selling products qualify for free two-day delivery and you get expedited shipping without the additional cost.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 866-zZounds (866-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $249+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
no minimum

Really heavy stuff might cost you a
little more

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 866-zZounds (866-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!