Strummers (Strumsticks, stick dulcimers) are very easy to play and super fun to build. This is a smaller strummer with a 17 inch scale length. I tune it Low G, D, G. I used an old film can, but any type of wooden, plastic, metal, or even sturdy paper would work for the body. By printing out the fret guide and watching video a few times, you should be able to make a cool instrument. Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment.
- .75 by 1.5 by 25.5 inch wood (for neck)
- .25 by 1.5 by 10 inch wood (for fretboard)
- Wooden or metal box
- 3-on-a-plate tuners
- Assorted small screw.
- 1.5 inches angled aluminum or steel (for tailpiece)
- Small piece of wood for bridge
- 20 inches of fretwire
- 3 thin, metal guitar strings
Printable fret guides:
(Make sure that you print these at 100% size)
Don’t use the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 8th, or 13th frets.
Learn how to build this!