#1
I was at a second hand store yesterday, and in the guitar section they had what looked to be a stick sort of thing about a foot and a half long, and maybe an inch in diameter, with 3 strings. the frets were all oddly spaced, and the bridge end was hollowed out with with a soundhole. Anyone have any idea what it is? I'll try to get a picture of it next time I'm there, but here's a drawing in paint of what it kind of looks like:
#3
Well, if I'm right, it's traditional Russian instrument, but I don't know how the hell is it called in English. However, in my language (Czech), it's called "balalajka". I don't know how much this can help you. But I am pretty sure that it really is that Russian thing. I heard it once and it creates really nice sound, it could be nice enrichment of rock band sound.
#4


This is a balalayka, so it's definitely not it.^

EDIT: If it's oddly spaced then I think it's not a western instrument. Maybe something arabic or african.
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#6
I think it's a Stick Dulcimer. There's a guy round here who makes them with biscuit tin bodys! www.tinguitar.com/tindulcimer.

Quite a lot of fun to play, I usually just play it open and walk around on the top string. The "missing frets" mean you can't really hit a bad note.
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It sounds kinda like a saz but a saz has a rounded end.

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Quote by musicianscentre
I think it's a Stick Dulcimer. There's a guy round here who makes them with biscuit tin bodys! www.tinguitar.com/tindulcimer.

Quite a lot of fun to play, I usually just play it open and walk around on the top string. The "missing frets" mean you can't really hit a bad note.


The sound clip on that site is awesome. It sounds like a mix of a banjo and a dobro.
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The sound clip on that site is awesome. It sounds like a mix of a banjo and a dobro.


I was quite surprised by how good they sounded! When I heard about them I thought they would be quite a novelty item but they are tons fun and sound great.
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It could be some sort of Chapman Stick.

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Quote by musicianscentre
I think it's a Stick Dulcimer. There's a guy round here who makes them with biscuit tin bodys! www.tinguitar.com/tindulcimer.

Quite a lot of fun to play, I usually just play it open and walk around on the top string. The "missing frets" mean you can't really hit a bad note.


that seems like what it is.. thanks.


and to those who said why not just ask the shop guy, I did, but it's a second hand store so the guy isn't specalized in stuff like that, so he was just like....uhh, I'm not sure.
#16

like that? if so, its a dulcimer

edit: agh. too slow.
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#17
its a strumstick- a guitar-like intsrument for kids
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like that? if so, its a dulcimer

edit: agh. too slow.

I'd say that too, sick instrument. Pick one up if you have the means.
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sure it wasnt just a disconnected guitar neck....

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