Innovative Instruments

Since 1974, we've made our Stick fretboard tapping instruments for musicians around the world. Today thousands of players are pursuing their musical goals on our 8, 10, and 12 string instruments. Our current designs incorporate decades of innovation for easy setup, and consistent low-action.

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Stick players work in any genre — rock, jazz, classical, folk, in bands and as soloists. We carry over a hundred audio and video titles in our catalog. Check out what our featured artists have been up to, and watch performances in our online videos section.

Stick Artists

"Free Hands" tapping method

Emmett Chapman invented a new way to make music in 1969. He called it "Free Hands", and in 1974 he began teaching it to new Stick players and guitarists interested in tapping. We offer a growing catalog of books, DVDs and CDs by experienced teachers, plus links to free online videos.

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Looking for an instrument right away?

Most of out instruments are custom-ordered to the player's specifications for material, pickups, tuning, etc.., and can take up to a few months to be completed. But we have a limited number of completed new instruments, some at a discounted price, and reconditioned used instruments ready for delivery?

Interested? Check out our inventory to see what's available.

If you need strings or other accessories, please check out our Online Accessories Store

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NEW PODCAST: Tune in to the "Tap in Time" podcast for fun and in-depth discussions with Stick players around the world.

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June 7, 2020, New hardwood option for Stick fretboard tapping instruments: Machiche

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New Kevin Keith interview, From

Jan 9, 2020, New hardwood option for Stick fretboard tapping instruments: Chechen

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Dec 23, 2019, Los Angeles City Council Celebrates 50 years of Free Hands and The Stick

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Dec 6, 2019, New online chord resource

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Oct 21, 2019, For Bass Players Only interviews Nick Beggs!

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Awards for Stick Artists and The Stick

Congratulations to Nick Beggs, Gene Perry and Emmett Chapman for acknowledgements from the Prog Awards, Jet Propulsion Labs and The One-Handed Musical Instrument Trust... read more...

Featured Album

Parallel Galaxy by Emmett Chapman
Emmett released his debut album 35 years ago. Available on vinyl LP (limited quantity) or CD

Featured DVD

Featured Book

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