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mm stan
12-15-2011, 11:45 AM
Has Anybody played one..is it fun??? got one here cheap..wonering if I should jump on it and is this a good price..thank you in advance..

12-15-2011, 11:54 AM
the uke version sucks, but for $60 it is a fun toy.

12-17-2011, 03:39 AM
Haven't tried one of these, but I have made and played a dulcimer and that's basiclly what this is. 5 minute learning curve, this one not very loud, but a little cheapie pickup would expand your "venues." I want to make some of these from cigar boxes, including a bass.

Ukulele JJ
12-17-2011, 04:19 AM
I've played one. They're fun. For $60, it's something to consider.

A uke player would probably get bored with it after awhile, but it might be worth having one laying around for your less-musical friends to use to jam with you.


P.S. The actual StrumStick(tm) is made my McNally these days. Is this one made by Smokey Mountain Dulcimers a generic knock-off? Or maybe it's the label they were made under way back in the day? Something to take into account when figuring out if it's worth $60. (The McNally one I played was--can't vouch for others.)

12-17-2011, 04:03 PM
I wouldn't buy one.

03-03-2012, 04:18 AM
I bought the fully chromatic version and played it for a year or so. It was tuned like a dulcimer and I had a lot of fun with it, but sold it after I got into ukulele because the uke is more flexible. It's an odd instrument and catches some attention. Sounds rather tinny, a bit like a banjo, which isn't a bad sound.

Three stringed instruments are fun, though. I've been looking at three-stringed cigar box guitars, too. I have a four-string CBG, though and worry that a three-stringed one will present the same sort of limitations as the Strumstick. The advantage of a CBG is that most have pickups.