This is an official professionally made Strumstick
As for what it is is a three stringed guitar that sounds akin to a dulcimer yet is fretted so that it is a diatonic instrument. Which basically means
that you cannot play a wrong chord no matter what you finger on the strings. While to some, that may seem disingenuous to call playing it to be the
work of a musician. Since you cannot play a wrong note (for lack of a better term) and that there would be no challenge in playing it. I will feel
challenged enough by building one that is capable of not being played incorrectly and have a good warm sound while being played.
Overall I think the work will be rewarding enough and having a working instrument will be the fruits of my labor.
Who knows, after showing it around a bit, I may be asked to make another.
Why such inspiration you might ask, I was shown one and found it to be a fun enough instrument to want to have one of my own. And rather than pay to
have one made, I figure it to be within my woodworking abilities. Probably won't be pretty and I have a couple ideas for the body that I want to do.
Including adding a simple piezo for a pickup to make it an acoustic/electric for recording purposes. Or if a friend wants to bring it out while
playing a gig.
Something to do and as I have quite a bit of the hardware and tools needed it should be a fun project.