Bouzouki of the Patriarch I | hand-painted Greek traditional string instrument


Bouzouki is a Greco-Turkish traditional stringed music organ that came to Greece in the 1900s, by immigrants from Asia Minor (the name “bouzouki” comes from the Turkish word “bozuk,” meaning “broken” or “modified”). Soon, it became the core of any band playing rebetika, a genre evolved during hard times in Greece (for music theorists, this is the Greek blues genre).

This bouzouki's name is inspired by Márkos Vamvakáris, a rebetiko musician that is globally referred by fans and writers by his first name: “Márkos”. His great significance for this genuine music genre is reflected by his nickname, “patriarch of the rebetiko”, which inspired us to name this bouzouki after him…

As a music instrument, bouzouki is a direct descendant of the Byzantine's pandouras and tambouras. The also known Irish bouzouki is a more recent development that emerged after the introduction of the Greek instrument into Irish music by Johnny Moynihan in 1965 (and its later adoption by Andy Irvine, Alec Finn, and Dónal Lunny).

This is a unique top quality instrument with beautiful and rich sound, painted by hand. This is why it is one-of-a-kind…

With Each Order You Will Receive


Worldwide delivery with package tracking at any given time.

Lifetime guarantee

In the unlikely event of defects in materials or workmanship.

9 melodies

A digital book with 9 well-known traditional Greek melodies of the time-era, along with lyrics and historical details.

Maintenance guide

A thoughtful leaflet with guidelines for how to maintain properly your unique and priceless musical instrument.

Plus small gifts

Extra small gifts to say "thank you" for making it possible to handcraft our next unique musical instrument...


For our instruments, we use mulberry wood for the soundbox, spruce wood for the soundboard, mulberry or maple wood for its neck and ebony for its fretboard. It is worth mentioning here that every kind of wood is carefully chosen for every part of the instrument, taking into account its “musicality” and its durability, but staying close to the instrument’s tradition.

Our bouzouki is 96 cm in length and 31 cm in width. Its soundbox has dimensions 30 x 40 x 26 cm, while the length of its vibrating strings is 68 cm. It has 3 pairs of strings, resulting in 6 strings in total.

Every bouzouki comes with a set of extra strings and a booklet in which several modes are explained, along with music sheets of the most well-known rebetika songs.

Our instruments are shipped in secure packages, and they are labeled as “fragile” in the postal office.

What’s more, we can manufacture for you top-quality beautifully manufactured custom wooden cases for storing or moving around your new bouzouki!

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Instrument's dimensions

96 x 31 x 26 cm

Διαστάσεις ηχείου

30 x 40 x 26 cm

Minor alterations

Minor alterations might be present in the final instrument (regarding the color or the kind of wood that was used for smaller parts) that you will receive in comparison with our website's images. For this reason, every Luthieros musical instrument is undoubtedly unique.

"Amazing company! I was very skeptical about ordering an instrument online but it was packaged very safely and arrived in such a timely manner! Luthieros also has some of the best communication skills I've ever encountered with a company, I had many questions that were all answered with great detail shortly after I asked them." - Batherus Batherus, New York, U.S.A. (verified review through Etsy.com).

"It’s handcrafted with such care and the materials are fine and well chosen. It arrived to us safely all the way from Greece and we were able to track it all the way so we always knew what was happening." - Rachel Loeb, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (verified review through Etsy.com).

"Absolutely fantastic! A truly wonderfully crafted instrument. I can’t put it down. It feels wonderful to play and is transporting me back in time." - Sarah Tilsley, West Sussex, U.K. (verified review through Etsy.com).

"All of these beautiful lyres, lovingly hand-crafted by Luthieros are indeed, divine artifacts, reintroduced into the modern world… " - Michael Levy, a world-renowned lyre player. Read his extended review here.

"The Koumartzis familia have been making replicas of ancient Greek instruments for many years, used by famous lyre players. They also contribute to their musical passions through research and collaborations." - Ancient History Encyclopedia. Read the extended tribute here.

"My ancient Kithara, handcrafted by Luthieros Music Instruments, is for me a very interesting challenge. As an instrument is both old and new. It carries a history of many centuries and at the same time_ it is a very modern challenge that requires a creative approach to musical archetypes. After many experiments […] I discover that this instrument has but many extensions and features that are not noticeable at first glance. The construction is both sturdy and thin, and made of quality woods, which are eclectic, stylish and durable." - Ross Daly, a professional world musician of Irish descent.

"Electric guitars are very often provided with vibrato, tremolo or whammy bars. That concept was in fact invented by the ancient Greeks twenty four hundred years ago. Kithara was a musical instrument very popular during the Golden Age of Ancient Greece. This is a reproduction that was made by the Greek master luthier Anastasios Koumartizis of Luthiers Music Instruments." - Peter Pringle, a professional Canadian musician, and well-known ancient instruments player. Watch his extended video review here.

"Can't be happier with my lyre! Learning how to play this amazing piece of art! The lyre has amazing finishes and you can feel it's made with love and skilfull hands." - Jaume Gual Bennàssar, Balearic Islands, Spain (verified review through Etsy.com).

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Bouzouki of the Patriarch I | hand-painted Greek traditional string instrument


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