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Stick Dulcimers (also are known by the trademarked name “Strumstick”) are extremely easy and fun to play. Learn more about them here. I made this one for my brother.
I picked up the empty cigar box for a few dollars. The neck is poplar and the fretboard is oak.
I wanted to make this easy for a beginner to use, so I added numbered beads to the top of the fretboard. Having numbered frets makes it easier to use Strumstick or dulcimer tablature.
See it in action!