Michaels Mackie Strum Sticks


Over Christmas I decided to build something almost completely based on plans. Generally when I make things I get influence from things I see or read about and then go my own way. This time I chose to follow the Andy Mackie way.

I almost kept to the plans…but deviated with the frets – two of the units being the proper dulcimer tuning, the other two the same as three string guitars.

2 built from Mahogany, two from Kwila/Merbau. For such a small sound body, they produce pretty good sound.

Learning point – if you build one (or more) build a proper fitting template as 2 of my 4 ended up with a crooked body due to just stretching and glueing on the base piece. Plays fine, but is pretty off centre when you align the strings!

I think I’ll design and build a three string electric guitar some time when other projects finish up.

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  1. Hi Mike,
    Are you Australian based? Would be great to see your work in person at some stage if you are, especially the Tahitian Ukes and Strum Sticks.

    Thanks – Adam Chapman.

  2. Aloha! Mike
    How to get more strings and simple instruction of how to play. I found this 3 strings instrument, like to learn how to pay it

    1. Kia Ora. Though there is a lot of tuning options out there, you could tune to an open chord e.g GDG or DAD. That’s a easier start and things like cigar box guitars use the same with lots of online lessons. Strings for mine are acoustic guitar- generally the smaller diameter/higher notes. Good luck!

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