Baglamas | unique Greek traditional string instrument with cedar soundboard and unique design


Baglamas is a Greek traditional string musical instrument that came to Greece in the 1900s by immigrants from Asia Minor. Soon, it became the main one to accompany the bouzouki in any music band playing Piraeus-city-style rebetika, a genre that was evolved during some really hard times for Greece (the Greek blues genre, in a sense).

Baglamas is a smaller version of bouzouki pitched an octave higher (D-A-D), with unison pairs of the four highest strings and an octave pair on the lower D. This stringed instrument is quite popular with musicians who need something to carry around easily. During the 20th century, it was ideal for hiding it under a coat, as its players were persecuted by the Greek government and baglamas were smashed by the police.

“Φωτιές ανάβει στο μυαλό, ένα ζεϊμπέκικο γλυκό, αυτοί χορεύουνε κι εγώ σφυρίζω, της μαστούρας το σκοπό (της αγάπης τον σκοπό)
Η νύχτα φέρνει την αυγή, κι ο μπαγλαμάς μου κελαηδεί, ένα κελάηδισμα το ίδιο πάντα, στης μαστούρας το σκοπό (στης αγάπης το σκοπό)” – lyrics and melody by Vasilis Tsitsanis (sorry for the Greek lyrics, but some things are better not to be translated)

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...


We use mahogany for the instrument’s body, maple wood for its arm, spruce wood for the soundboxe’s top, and rosewood 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 baglamas is 54 cm in length, 11 cm in width, while its soundbox is 21 x 11 x 7.5 cm. Last, the length of its vibrating strings is 35.5 cm.


This is a unique top quality instrument with beautiful sound and minimal design.

Every baglamas 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 baglamas!

Additional information


Instrument's type

Number of strings


, , , , ,

Interument's dimensions

54 x 11 x 7,5 cm

Soundbox's dimensions

21 x 11 x 7,5 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

"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

"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

"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

1950's Authentic Baglamas Recordings by Vasilis Tsitsanis

Ready to Own Something Truly Unique?

Baglamas | unique Greek traditional string instrument with cedar soundboard and unique design


Pin It on Pinterest

Share This