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date: 14 November 2019

Chapman sticklocked

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An amplified chordophone related to the electric guitar, played by tapping the strings with the fingers of both hands. It was developed from 1969 by the American jazz performer Emmett Chapman (Emmett Howard Pardee jr) (b Santa Barbara, CA, 28 Sept 1936) and manufactured since 1974 by Stick Enterprises Inc. under 14 patents held by Chapman. Resembling a much enlarged guitar fretboard without a body, the Stick is held at an angle suspended from a shoulder strap, and fingered from both sides. The flat fretboard is made of solid or laminated hardwood, bamboo, injection-moulded polycarbonate resin, or graphite composite, with stainless steel frets. Usually eight to 12 strings up to 36 inches (91.5 cm) long and variously tuned in melody and bass configurations extend along the fretboard, which incorporates bass and treble pickup modules. Microtonal tuning is possible. The pickups can drive MIDI instruments and guitar synthesizers. Custom models are occasionally produced. A FretBoard ‘app’ that displays chords and scales is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch....

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