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.

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"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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King Crimson 2017 North America Fall Tour: Oct 19-Nov 26

10/19 Austin, 10/21 Dallas, 10/23-24 Atlanta, 10/26 Raleigh, 10/28-28 Washington, 10/31 Newark, 11/02-03 Philadelphia, 11/06 Boston, 11/08-09 Albany, 11/11 Allentown, 11/13 Long Island, 11/15 Port Chester, 11/17-18 New York City, 11/20 Greensburg, 11/22 Ann Arbor, 11/24 Cleveland, 11/26 Milwaukee.

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Oct 4, 2017, Dave Brosky talks about his music, instrument, and the music scene in his hometown, Pittsburgh, and beyond...

Offsite interview by jazz author Debbie Burke

Sept 19, 2017, Live 1973 recording of Emmett and drummer Les DeMerle, with archive photos by Dan Chapman, published for the first time

June 19 2017, For Bass Players Only interviews Tony Levin

Jan 18 2017, For Bass Players Only interviews Kevin Keith

Dec 22 2016, New Tony Levin track, "Fire Cross the Sky"

A tribute to John Lennon, now available on Band Camp

Nov 1, 2016 - New interview w/ Don Schiff

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...

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.

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