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McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick   

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The McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick is longer than the standard model (33") and tunes to D or C, and has a deeper, richer sound. Rosette soundhole. 3 s...Click To Read More About This Product

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Plays just like the standard with a deeper, richer sound.

The McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick is longer than the standard model (33") and tunes to D or C, and has a deeper, richer sound. Rosette soundhole. 3 strings and a diatonic scale. The Strumstick is fun and extremely easy to play. For the experienced musician, it's a terrific portable creative tool--melodies and grooves tumble out as you play. Has a banjo/dulcimer-like sound. Handmade of padouk, spruce, and maple. The McNally D-33 comes with pick, instruction CD, and book.

FEATURES
  • 33" long
  • Handmade of padouk, spruce, and maple
  • Rosette soundhole
  • Tunes to C or D
  • 3 strings and diatonic scale
  • Pick, instruction CD, and book included

Get it. The Strumstick is really fun to play and makes a fantastic present.

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McNallyD-33 Grand Strumstick
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

loads of fun for all levels of musicians

The Strumstick is amazingly fun to play around with. My 5 year old is able to pick it up and strum it--- and he loves it.
Ive played guitar and bass for...Read complete review

The Strumstick is amazingly fun to play around with. My 5 year old is able to pick it up and strum it--- and he loves it.
Ive played guitar and bass for years and I love this thing even more!
The volune is loud enough that it can hold its own in a jam with an acoustic guitar. The tone is a nice mix of twangy banjo and tenorous dulcimer--- it is warm and pleasant.

It is a deceptively simple instrument.

The bridge isnt in a fixed position, it floats like on a banjo. Luckily the manufacturer has marked the position with 2 light pencil dots... I reccomend tracing the right placement with a darker line to nake it easier to see.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

received with manufacturer defects

The one I received was not manufactured properly. The wood front and side pieces did not meet and the front face was cracked. It was obviously not inspected. Very disappointing. If the replacement...Read complete review

The one I received was not manufactured properly. The wood front and side pieces did not meet and the front face was cracked. It was obviously not inspected. Very disappointing. If the replacement that MF sends is of similar quality, I will just return it.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Evening Rose

By Tooth Fairy

from Lancaster, OH

Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

Great instrument. Found it on sale at a Dulcimer Festival we were performing at near Dayton Ohio. I play mandolin and guitar, never enjoyed playing dulcimer. This will be added in to our trio so we can do a three part dulcimer tune. Easy to play but great possiblities for more advanced play!!!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy and Fun

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

If you enjoy Mountain Dulcimer but prefer to hold your instrument (like a guitar) rather than sit it on your lap this is the trick for you. Sound is Banjo-Dulcimer and I still cannot believe the amount of volume this is capable of generating for it's size. I do more picking than strumming with mine and find it very easy to learn and play new melodies by ear. Traditional folk songs and Christmas carols are a snap. I just play for my own entertainment but I think that this instrument would be perfect for campfire singing, or Christmas caroling, or anywhere you would want something portable and easy to play. Quality is good and the tuners are smooth. The strings that come with it are actually quite good. I just replaced mine after eight months of playing and they were still good enough that I kept them for emergency replacements. The instructional CD that came with mine was very informative. I did have occasion to e-mail the manufacturer with a question regarding re-stringing and the response was almost immediate. Good product.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

loads of fun for all levels of musicians

By alewatcher

from chicagoland IL

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Incredible Tone
  • Quality Construction
  • Strong

Cons

  • Floating Bridge
  • Rather expensive
  • Smaller Than Expected

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

The Strumstick is amazingly fun to play around with. My 5 year old is able to pick it up and strum it--- and he loves it.
Ive played guitar and bass for years and I love this thing even more!
The volune is loud enough that it can hold its own in a jam with an acoustic guitar. The tone is a nice mix of twangy banjo and tenorous dulcimer--- it is warm and pleasant.

It is a deceptively simple instrument.

The bridge isnt in a fixed position, it floats like on a banjo. Luckily the manufacturer has marked the position with 2 light pencil dots... I reccomend tracing the right placement with a darker line to nake it easier to see.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Strumstick

By Slush

from Wisconsin

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

      I have absolutely NO musical talent and I heard somewhere that to keep your old brain active, you should spend 15 minutes a day learning something new. So I checked online to find the easiest instrument to learn how to play...and I found this. I've only had it a couple of weeks, but I'm having fun with it. I will never be a great or even mediocre player, but I can kill an hour fiddling with this thing... and it's relaxing!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fun for anyone

      By CPBelser

      from Birmingham, AL

      Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

      Never having played a guitar, I picked up a strumstick at a buddies house with the same apprehension with which I pick up someone's guitar. What I found was an instrument that I, as a beginning musician, could play with ease. After purchasing one, I passed it around the room to roommates and friends who don't play instruments, and they played no problems. Amazingly fun, simple instrument. Get some twang without having to know how to twang.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great, it is also called a baikaili

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

      This is a wonderful insturment it puts out such a great sound that any serious musician can appretiate.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great learning tool

      By WooDoo Man

      from the wilds of NH

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      Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

      I say this is a great learning tool not simply because it has an easy learning curve and can sound good in a novice's hands, but because there are so many things that can be learned about chord structure when one starts to experiment with unauthorized tunings. The fact that it has only three strings is not a drawback, though sometimes I wish the fretboard was a bit wider for bending. The sound is great and if you get really into it there is a sibling version available with fretting like a guitar ie all the notes. I have one of each and love both.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Picked it right up

      By Ted-BWFoG

      from Magna, UT

      Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

      Wow, I have been playing a dulcimer off my lap for years and bought the Strumstick for the different sound. It's a piece of cake to play, and sounds really good. It is lighter than I expected, but I adjusted to that pretty fast and was doing my limited repitiore in half an hour. I haven't read the intructions or played the CD yet, but plan on doing so in the next month. This is a neat instrument.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Grand Strumstick

      By dax369

      from Sacramento, CA

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      Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

      Like they say, it's really easy to play... hard to play wrong... I play guitar and bass and found this really fun... sort of a fusion between a banjo and a mandolin sound, but with 3 strings. Really, REALLY easy!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      make no mistake

      By fiddlerpuckett

      from searles valley, ca

      Comments about McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick:

      this is not a toy. while it is true that it is very easy to play, the little booger has a place with any serious acoustic musician. it produces a wide range of tones and has amazing volume for such a small sound box. very enjoyable.

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