Ibanez Folk & Traditional Instruments
To choose the best instrument here for you, the first step is naturally going to be narrowing it down by what you want to play. Are you jumping on board with the recent comeback of the mandolin? If so, Ibanez has some amazing instruments to get you started. Their mandolins come in the classic A-style as well as the more intricate F-style, so you can find something to suit no matter which you prefer.
Maybe you're more of a bluegrass banjo picker? In that case, your choice may depend more on experience level. The Ibanez B50 5-String Banjo, for instance, is an extremely beginner-friendly model that sounds great and won't break the bank. If you're an intermediate or pro player, you might decide to step up to the B100 or B200 instead. The choice is up to you; they're all capable instruments.
Aside from the mandolins and banjos, there's one more instrument that's well-represented here: the ukulele. These might be small in size, but they're big on charm: you can't help but love the sweet Hawaiian strains of the classic uke. Most of the Ibanez ukuleles are concert models, but you'll also find other body styles such as the UKS10 Soprano. Some are even acoustic-electric, giving you the option to connect to an amp for as much volume as you need on the stage.
If there's one word that can sum up folk & traditional instruments, it's "heart." That's something which comes through loud and clear not only in the genres that they play, but also in the instruments themselves. It also takes a certain level of passion to really make them look, feel and sound the way they should - and when you try one of these Ibanez folk and traditional instruments for yourself, you'll know that they did a great job putting their heart into each one.