When I perform I have a lot of Strumsticks to choose from; when I try out a bunch of Strumsticks ("who wants to go on stage tonight!") it is invariably a Koa D-33 with Pickup that is my favorite.
The other woods sound fine, but the Koa adds just a little more presence, we hear that from our customers too.
The built-in electric pickup provides access to another whole world of sounds depending on your equipment; from tone control, to effects of all kinds, loopers and computer recording. Great sound, with or without the pickup.
See our Video below demonstrating many sounds using the pickup with an amp and effects.
Visually the golden hue of the Koa blends nicely with the red of the Padouk, a moderate contrast, and pleasing to the eye.
See Video Comparing D and G below ⬇
"I bought a D strumstick a year ago and I’ve had so much fun with it. I love music and singing but had always been frustrated in playing any instrument until I got my stick. Now I can play “Old McDonald” as well as songs by Coldplay and just have the time of my life! Some people pay shrinks a lot of money for therapy but this does the trick for me. I can feel blue, overworked, tired, sad, even happy or any range of human emotions but my stick always sets me right. A few strums on the twangy thang and everything’s alright. Thank you for coming up with what I call my “joy stick.”
The Strumstick is designed for non-players, and is delightfully easy to learn.
The Strumstick was created by Bob McNally (designer of the Martin Backpacker Guitar) and has a perfect blend of ease and versatility. The D-33 Strumstick (tuned DAD) is our most popular model. Besides being a foolproof instrument for beginners it is also an inspiring and creative tool for professional musicians (on stage and in the studio). Plays in numerous keys (by capo use or retuning) but is ridiculously easy for non players. Full instructions, chords and songs included. Handmade in USA, of all solid woods. The Strumstick is also available in key of G.
You may view a PDF of the Songbook online,
or Download it (FREE) here: To Download or read Songbook
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• 36" long x 7" wide x 2.5" deep
• 5 lbs. weight
• 1/4" wall thickness
• Plush lined interior
• Sturdy Protection.
• Fits nicely in aircraft overhead.
• Not intended for Airline Baggage Systems
The Built-in Pickup allows connecting the Strumstick to an amp, effects, PA, or computer interfaces. Plugging into an amp greatly increases the sound possibilities of the Strumstick; add Treble or Bass, play crystal clean or add " edge" to the sound (from a sharp bite to rock/blues/metal overdrive). Effects devices (stand-alone, or part of many amps) add spacey new-age echos and lush shimmering "fullness" to notes. With an appropriate interface device, you can record into Garage Band or many other recording applications. The Built-in Pickup is the access point for all these musical features.
Piezo-type pickup, Custom designed for the Strumstick by Schatten. 1/4" jack (standard guitar cable) connector.
To Add the Pickup; select it as an option when ordering your Strumstick. Or you can order it separately and send us a Strumstick you already have, we will install the pickup and return the Strumstick to you.
$ 18 $ 20
$ 15 $ 22
This Video shows everything you need to know to start playing Strumstick. How to hold it, strum it, finger notes easily, how to tune, and how to play songs. It goes on to show how to play interesting rhythms, create songlets, do fancy techniques like sliding and hammering on, and using chords.
The DVD also comes with a wealth of supplemental material as computer readable DVD-ROM files; Strumstick Instruction Book, the complete Strumstick Instruction CD, the Strumstick Advanced Instruction Book, and more.
2. Part One: Getting Started
3. Part Two: Songlets
4. Part Three: Strumming and Rhythms
5. Part Four: Notes on Strings 2 & 3
6. Part Five: Playing Songs
7. Mary Had a Little Lamb
8. Songs with Notes on Other Strings
9. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
10. This Land is Your Land (basic)
11. Part Six: Fancy Stuff
This Land is Your Land (fancy)
12. Part Seven: Starting Chords
This Land is Your Land (with chords)
13. Part Eight: More Fancy Stuff
This Land is Your Land (advanced)
14. Appendix: Tuning and Chords
15. Tuning D Grand Strumstick
16. Tuning G Standard Strumstick
17. Tuning G Standard down to D
(to play with the Video)
18. Chords on D Grand
(with chord diagrams)
19. Chords on G Standard
(with chord diagrams)
20. Close-up views of Chord fingerings
$ 20 $ 22
A capo is a device (familiar to guitar players) which clamps all the strings at a particular fret, changing their pitch. With guitar, the capo simply changes the key. With the Strumstick, the capo changes the key, but also changes the type of musical scale you get.
Without Capo, key of G Major
Capo at 1st fret gives key of A minor
Capo at 2nd fret gives a Bluesy scale in B
Capo 3rd fret gives C Major
Capo 4th fret gives D minor or D Major
Without Capo, key of D Major
Capo at 1st fret gives key of E minor
Capo at 2nd fret gives a Bluesy scale in F#
Capo 3rd fret gives G Major.
Capo 4th fret gives A minor or A Major
Why does the capo change the scale as well as the pitch?
The Strumstick frets are designed to give a diatonic (major) scale. The scale is a pattern of whole steps and half steps. If you capo at the first fret, you raise all the strings (by a whole tone) but you also change the pattern of frets to a different scale. Each fret you place the capo at gives a different type of scale.
Tuning the Strumstick higher or lower will give different but similar results.
Keep in mind that the extra fret (fret number 6, the flatted seventh) may please or annoy you, depending on which fret you are capoed at. If that fret does not sound good, skip it when playing.
This portable amp is a great product, I was lucky enough to meet the Japanese man who designed it for Roland, and he really knows his stuff. I wish I had invented it; If I was an amp designer instead of an instrument designer, this is what I would want to have come up with. I have used it personally so many times, on batteries, at shows; it is loud enough for a room, and the battery life is amazing. The suite of effects built into it is like a box of crayons with a bunch of colors, and a perfect complement to the strumstick with pickup. Now, if you have a big Marshall stack, and 20 guitar pedals, you don't need this. Unless of course you want to take an amp to a party and play without the neighbors calling the cops...Bob McNally
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This is the FREE digital download of the Strumstick Instruction CD (titled "Enjoy The Noise"!).
Click "Add to Cart" and proceed as for a purchase (it is Free!).
At the completion of the purchase, you will see a link to download your Instruction CD. You will also get a confirmation email with a download link.
The download is a zip file of a folder containing all of the CD tracks.
The Instruction CD is the audio companion to the Strumstick Instruction Book. It demonstrates what is in the book, or you can learn right from the CD. Note: The first part CD was originally played on the G Strumstick, then additional tracks were added using the D Strumstick. The information applies to both equally, (but the sound will be different). There are notes to tune the G or the D, be sure to use the correct ones.
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.
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