Berkshire Stringed Instruments
School of Lutherie
The mandolin is a musical instrument in the lute family and is usually plucked with a plectrum or 'pick'. It commonly has four courses of doubled strings tuned in unison.
Sometimes abbreviated to uke, the ukulele is a member of the guitar family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.
Historical and modern acoustic guitars are extremely varied in their design and construction, far more so than electric guitars. One of the most important varieties is the steel-string acoustic guitar.