Ancient Lyre Plectrum (two) – Animal Bone – Authentic Ancient Pick for Stringed Instruments – Top Quality Artefact & Actual Playing Picks


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This listing is for two of our authentic ancient Greek picks for stringed instruments, which during the antiquity were called “plectrums” (i.e. a plectrum is a small flat tool used to pluck or strum a stringed instrument). They are made using animal bone, as Ancient Greeks were doing among the others (there were both wooden and animal bones during the antiquity).

Ancient Greeks were using plectrums for playing the lyre, but today they can be used for any stringed instrument as a different kind of pick and add different playing styles to your technique.

In the package you will get two authentic plectrums, both made by animal bone. What’s more, they come with a leather string to attach them to your ancient lyre or another stringed musical instrument.

The dimensions of every plectrum varies, as they depend on the raw material available at any given time. Approximately, their length is 8-12 cm, their width 2-4 cm and their thickness 0.5 cm.

Michael Levy, one of the most well-known ancient lyre players around the world, recently got his ancient plectrum by Luthieros and commented (among the others) in public:

“The extra mass of the plectrum, (compared with my not-so authentic guitar pick!) enables much better sounding ‘string stopping’ techniques at the bridge (using the plectrum as a fret at the top of the string to raise its pitch by either a semitone or microtone).

The extra mass of the bone plectrum enables it to be used as a fret at the top of the strings to create accidentals and microtones, or for really cool effects like sliding the plectrum along the length of a vibrating string to create portamento! Surprisingly, effects like a Simsimiyya style tremolo work even better with this plectrum than on a modern guitar pick, which I used on my other lyres. Block and strum technique with this plectrum provides extra volume than a guitar pick, but it is a little more difficult to rapidly change the direction of the strumming pattern with the lack of flexibility in the authentic bone plectrum.

The best thing about these authentic bone plectrums in the leather cord, attaching the plectrum to the lyre at all times – what a clever idea of the ancients… it is literally impossible to ever lose the plectrum!”

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"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.

"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

"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

"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

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