You may have noticed the ability to craft an ocarina as a DIY recipe, or spotted a guitar in Nook’s Cranny. There’s a whole bunch of instruments that can be ‘played’ in the game. Whether you just want to make a bunch of loud noises with friends, or get creative with them, here’s all of the instruments in Animal Crossing: New Horizons & how to get them.
First off, you can ‘play’ an instrument by interacting with it/equipping it using the A button. You may just think that instruments like the ocarina, electric bass guitar, etc, play a load of random notes, which is mostly true. However, like in New Leaf, if you are in a room that is playing music (or even outdoors in New Horizons), the instrument will play notes/chords that match the particular song you might be playing. This means you can have a multiplayer in-game band! However I still prefer the idea of 8 people just smashing the A button to make a load of loud noises from random instruments, and calling the ‘song’ ‘2020’.
The below list includes all of the instruments that we have discovered so far, and excludes equipment such as the microphone and effects rack. Let us know if we’ve missed any.
The Ocarina can be crafted once the player has purchased the DIY for Beginners recipe book. It requires 5x clay to craft.
The DIY recipe for the Wooden Fish instrument can be found in bottles that wash up on your beach. You will need 3x wood to craft it.
Empty Can Kalimba
You can get the DIY recipe for the Empty Can Kalimba in bottles that wash ashore. Another way of obtaining the recipe for it is by reeling in a can whilst fishing. This may inspire your player and unlock the recipe also. You’ll need 1x empty can, 1x wood and 1x iron nugget to craft it.
The DIY recipe for the gong can also be found in bottles that wash up on your beach. You will need 6x iron nuggets and 5x wood to craft it.
The Ukelele is a craftable item that requires 5x hardwood. However, it is not yet clear how you obtain the recipe for it.
An Upright Piano can be bought from Nook’s Cranny for 53,000 bells
The Alto Saxophone costs 3,400 bells and can be bought from Nook’s Cranny
You can purchase the Violin from Nook’s Cranny for 140,000 bells
Electric Guitar (style 1)
This style of Electric Guitar can be bought from Nook’s Cranny for 3,100 bells
Electric Guitar (Style 2)
You can buy this style of Electric Guitar from Nook’s Cranny for 71,000 bells
Electric Bass Guitar
The Electric Bass Guitar can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 82,000 bells
You can purchase the Synthesizer from Nook’s Cranny for 66,000 bells
The Grand Piano can be bought from Nook’s Cranny for 260,000 bells
This can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 130,000 bells
You can purchase the Harp from Nook’s Cranny for 130,000 bells
The Virgo Harp is part of the Zodiac Series. It is a craftable item, and requires Virgo Fragments to make. These fragments can be found along with star fragments on the beach the day after meteor showers. However, Virgo fragments can only be found between August 23rd to September 22nd.
The Marimba can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 4,300 bells
I obtained the DIY recipe for this from inside a bottle that washed up on one of my beaches. The recipe requires 7x young spring bamboo, so if you don’t have bamboo already, then you should go on a mystery tour where you may find an island with bamboo.
This can be purchased from Nook’s Cranny for 1,500 bells
Check out this awesome YouTube video where a guy uses in-game instruments and garageband to create a song.