Like a guitar or lute, a zither's body serves as a resonating chamber (sound box), but, unlike guitars and lutes, a zither lacks a distinctly separate neck assembly.
The number of strings varies, from one to more than fifty.
Despite this, Fender is keen not to rest on its laurels and instead keeps the range bang up to date and ahead of the competition.
As a result, perhaps even the gap between these instruments and the more expensive American Series is narrowing.
The word has also been used in conjunction with brand varieties of other string instruments, for example the zither banjo.