Most unique musical instruments in the world

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Let's check out our list of most unique musical instruments in the world. You may be surprised by their bizarre. Let's check out to find how many of them you have ever heard of. Music facts

Contrabass Balalaika

Contrabass balalaika musical instrument


The contrabass balalaika is a Russian folk music instrument that was developed in the late 17th century. It looks strange because unlike other stringed musical instruments, it has a triangular body. Played with fingers or leather plectrums, this instrument is normally equipped with extension legs resting on the floor and comes in various sizes. 

American Fotoplayer

American fotoplayer was introduced in 1912 and was developed by the American Fotoplayer Company. This musical instrument is a type of player piano that was especially developed to provide sound effects for silent movies during the early 19th century.


Stylophone music instrument

Stylophone - Unique musical instruments

Invented in 1967, a stylophone is an analog stylus-operated synthesizer that was introduced by Brian Jarvis.

Pikasso Guitar

Pikasso Guitar musical instrument

Designed by Manzer, the Pikasso guitar is a notable instrument whose name was derived from its likeness to the appearance of the cubist works of renowned artist Pablo Picasso. This instrument is basically a harp guitar that has four necks, two sound holes and 42 strings.

Theremin or Aetherphone

Originally known as “aetherphone,” theremin is an early electronic musical instrument that can be controlled without physical contact. Named after its Russian inventor Leon Theremin, this instrument has a controlling section that consists of two metal antennas which can sense the relative position of the thereminist’s hands and control oscillators for frequency.


Popularized in Hungary, cimbalom is a concert hammered dulcimer that features a large trapezoidal box with metal strings stretched across its top.

Glass Harmonica

Glass Harmonica

 Glass Harmonica

Also known as “armonica,” “bowl organ” or “hydrocrystalophone,” glass harmonica is a musical instrument that uses a series of glass bowls or goblets graduated in size to produce a broad range of musical tones through friction.


crwth music instrument

 crwth music instrument

A crwth is an ancient stringed musical instrument that is sometimes called as “crowd.” This musical instrument is believed to have been played in Wales since the 11th century.

Ondes Martenot

Also known as “Martenot Waves,” Ondes Martenot is an electronic instrument that was invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot. Its known for its eerie wavering notes.

Jew’s Harp

Jew’s Harp or Gewgaw is a lamellophone musical instrument that belongs to the group known as plucked idiophones. It consists of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue that is attached to a frame. This tongue is placed in the mouth of the performer and is plucked with the finger to produce a note.



The wheelharp is known to produce the rich sounds of many stringed instruments at once. It is basically a keyboard that controls 61 bowed strings, allowing a single musician to sound like an actual orchestra.


Also known as hardanger fiddle, hardingfele is a type of violin that has twice as many strings as a normal violin and originated in Norway.

Singing Ringing Tree

Singing Ringing Tree

Designed by Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu, the Singing Ringing Tree is a musical instrument that is made of steel pipes of various lengths and orientations.


gameleste musical instrument

 Gamleste musical instrument

A custom instrument especially made for Bjork, gameleste is a hybrid combination of a gamelan and celesta.


This musical instrument is a solar-powered music box that is also known as “barrel harp.” It is basically a perforated cylinder that contains 11,520 holes into which a musician plugs pins to create melodies. These cylinders rotate and the pins start to pluck strings, creating the sound.

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