These new ColorUp Strumstick straps have been extremely popular, here are our currently available colors. The adjustable cord strap that comes with the Strumstick works fine, but our ColorUp Straps add style and even more comfort to your Strumstick playing.
These are beautiful cotton straps in a variety of gorgeous colors (handmade here in the good ol' USA!) Specifically designed for the Strumstick, they are 3/4" wide, 4 ply fabric, have genuine leather end tabs and adjust from 30-53" long with a minimal plastic slider. They all employ our unique flexible O-Link with just the right amount of give, for maximum comfort. Many are overdyed, and all the color combinations are carefully selected by our partners in this project, the color experts at ColorUpLife.com.
$15.00 ea. Quantities are limited. Colors may vary slightly from how they appear on your device screen. More colors coming in June
We are now in production on our beautiful new Strumstick Dock Display Stand. I started them last year and field tested them at a bunch of shows. They passed the public test (thousands of people, children, the occasional dog) as well as wind, earthquakes and volcanos (well, wind and shaking tables anyway). I designed them to be sturdy and elegant, and to display the Strumstick as the art object it is. They also hold it ready for instant partying and urgent musical inspirations!
A heavy Padouk base supports two light and rigid fiberglass rods, and a support yoke made from leftover Strumstick wood.
$ 185 $ 198
Our two "Everbody" Strumsticks. Spruce Tops, Maple Backs, Padouk Bodies.
Great Sound, No Wrong Notes, The easiest instrument in the world to learn.
Full instructions included.
Buy either One, or Both! Special price: either one just $185 ( reg $198)
Buy Both, just $370, and we'll add two free cases ($40 value)
$ 28 $ 44
The Advanced Instruction Book, The Family Songbook, and the Strumstick Instructions and Owners Manual with CD download.
Normally $44, sale priced at $28...wow!
$ 285 $ 305
Here is our U-24 Ukulele Strumstick (the Strumulele!) with a Built-in Pickup at a great Price ($285).
Add The Roland MicroCube Amp (see here) for just $120.
Our Uke is tuned GCAE, 26" Long (like Tenor Uke)
BUT with steel strings. The steel strings give a great bright sound with the Strumstick style body, and an amazing sound with the built-in pickup. Here are two sound clips (acoustic sound, not pickup sound)
26" long, 5" wide, 1.5" deep. Spruce Top, Maple Back, Padouk Body
(contact us about Koa Top and Back)
Amp uses Battery or AC power. It has a 5-inch speaker and 2-watt amp. Play with 6 DSP effects: Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, and separate Delay/Reverb.
$ 345 $ 525
The Micro-Bass is mahogany, with a built-in volume and tone control for the pickup, and even an on-board tuner. It is fully chromatic (all keys) comes in two sizes, and either fretted or fretless. The fretless models have inlay strips where the frets would be, and that is the kind I play. The fretless models have a fatter, bassier tone than the fretted ones. You have to pay attention to your finger placement, but it is surprisingly easy to adapt to the fretless fingerboard, and the big bass tone is so worth it.
The Micro-Bass offers a comparable blend of craftsmanship, sound and value to the Strumstick (or else we wouldn't offer it!) and is a great solution for all those folks who have asked about Strumstick basses over the years.
"I have been using the GoldTone Micro-Bass for two years. My musician friends are consistently impressed with the full rich tone, and the Micro-Bass has been a welcome addition to many situations, from informal jams to polished performances. I'm really excited to be offering it on our website, it is a great musical complement to the Strumstick"
Bass is great! Any instrument ensemble sounds better with a bass involved, whether it is a bunch of guitars, a few Strumsticks, or a whole symphony orchestra. I am an "occasional bass player" pressed into duty playing bass in various bands and music gatherings. I have used full size and smaller electric basses, standup bass, and I have built and used acoustic bass guitars. We do not make a Strumstick bass, we have experimented and the virtues of the Strumstick and the needs of a bass instrument just don't fit together well.
In my musical travels, I came across a really cool bass made by some friends of mine, Goldtone Instruments, called the Micro-Bass. It uses thick synthetic "rubbery" strings, and a mini-guitar shaped body (about the size of the Baby Taylor or Little Martin). It is bigger than the Ukulele basses with these same kind of strings. Compared to Uke-Basses, the Micro-Bass has a bigger body and a more effective string length. Acoustically it is quiet, but loud enough to play with a couple guitars. Played with the built-in pickup, it sounds fabulous with a round, full tone with a lot of power, reminiscent of upright bass. Smooth with what I call a creamy texture.
I've used the Micro on stage, and in many informal jams, and I love the sound. So much that we are now offering the Micro-Bass on our website, for all those that wanted the minimalism of the Strumstick in a bass range. I think this is the way to go, and I have not used my electrics, standup or acoustic bass guitars since I started using the Micro-Bass.
$ 249 $ 339
1n 1981 I designed the Backpacker Guitar. In 1992 (after we had made nearly 1,000 Backpackers) C F Martin and I entered an agreement whereby Martin would make and sell the Backpacker under license from me. It is now 25 years later, and Martin has sold close to 300,000 Backpackers. To commemorate that, for 2017 they are making an all Sapele (similar to Mahogany) model, quite similar to the all mahogany model that was one of the variations we made.
We are happy to offer both the traditional Martin Backpacker (Mahogany Body with Spruce top) and the 25th anniversary model (all Sapele). Quantities are limited. If you request it, I will gladly sign the guitar you purchase.
The whole concept of the Backpacker is, it's a guitar you can have with you, any time, any place. It has ridden the Space Shuttle, been to both poles, and to the high base camp on Mt Everest. It has made numerous passages of the Appalachian trail, kept spirits up for troops in the Middle East, and sailed the oceans of the world. At no time in these adventures, did the Backpacker sound like a great full-sized guitar. It is compact, light, and durable, and has a sturdy voice all it's own. Performers from Jon Anderson to Ani DiFranco to Oliver Mtukudzi have written, performed and recorded using that sturdy voice. Think of it like the dinghy to your big guitar...you go ashore and explore the Island with your dinghy, not your yacht!
Spruce Top: Steel String or Nylon $249
Sapele Top Steel String $259