Strumbly KIT

Strumbly KIT

Product Details

Difficulty Rating

Strumbly has a lot going for it. Although it is a simple woodworking project, there is a nice Wow-Factor when you show people the completed instrument. It looks more complicated than it is. (But don't tell your friends that!)

Musically, it is literally as easy as 1-2-3. The numbers stamped on the side of the neck mean you can "play-by-number." We've got a songbook with over 125 play-by-number songs to keep you plenty busy. A great back-porch picker!

What's Included:
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Buyer's Guide

Project Overview

You can expect to spend between 10-15 hours building Strumbly. You will do some gluing and clamping as you assembly the body. The main challenge here is keeping everything lined up on your centerline. Our directions will coach you through this process. You will learn to do some simple fret work as you set up the neck. You have some options for decorating. Fin will do some sanding and apply a finish.

Tools you'll need.

You'll need to supply your own woodworking glue (Elmer's or Titebond), a few different grits of sandpaper (100, 180, and 320), a few clamps or weights, an electric, drill, and the finish of your choice (paint, stain, polyurethane, lacuer, etc.). An electric hand sander and a router can come in handy but aren't necessary.

Here are some helpful links for you to get the most out of your Strumbly.

Customer Story

Hi MusicMakers!

At the end of January, my sister Nancy and I purchased two Strumbly kits. First, I'd like to say that we loved your website and videos and especially the way that you encourage those with no experience making music or instruments to jump in and have fun. Neither Nancy or I have played an instrument since grade 5 and neither of us remember how to read or play, but both of us wanted to learn.

We had SO much fun making our Strumby Kits. I just finished putting the hardware on mine and will be stringing it this evening after I am sure that the finish is completely cured and the pressure of the bridge with the strings won't damage the finish. The instructions were great and everything went smoothly. We did delve into decorating our instruments. I embellished mine with Acorn Woodpeckers. We have a lot of them in Northern California. I love them and they are such fun to watch. I chose birds that I thought fun because I am a bird watcher and I wanted the decoration to reflect the fun I had making Strumby and the fun I hope to have fumbling my way into music.

Thank you again for your wonderful kits and for making music (and instrument projects) accessible to the complete novice!

All the best to all of you,


Key Specs

Strumbly kit specs
Strings 3 strings (.025", .016", and .012")
Tuning DGD, DAD, DAA, or DAC
Scale Length 23.5"
Overall Length 36"
Width 8"
Neck and Sides Solid Hardwood
Soundboard and Back Baltic Birch
Depth 1.75"
Width at nut 1.5"
Weight 1.75 pounds

The Musicmakers Kit Warranty

Need replacement parts?

Just notify us of the problem. We are generous with spare parts, but we may ask you to return the defective part if we think we can salvage it. We may ask you to pay for replacement parts if you damaged them during construction. After one year from date of purchase, we may not be able to supply replacement parts if we have discontinued the kit.

Need help with construction?

We are happy to finish assembling a kit for you. The basic fee is the difference between the kit price and the finished price shown in our current catalog (regardless of the price you paid for the kit). If you have done some of the assembly, we may be able to discount the construction fee, unless we need to re-do some of your work. If you want us to do only part of the construction, please call us about the price.

Desire a refund?

We give refunds, or exchanges, for re-usable kits returned within one year of purchase, regardless of reason for return or stage of construction. You must present proof of purchase from MUSICMAKERS. Such refunds will be for merchandise only, not shipping, handling, or insurance fees. We will refund the price of only those parts that are returned in re-saleable condition.

If we made an error on the original shipment, we will pay for return shipping. Please call us for the proper procedure.

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Not up to the level of the other kits.
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This is the third kit I built from Music Makers and I was disappointed in it. The materials and craftsmanship were not up to the level of the other Music Maker kits. The thin sides bent and cracked when clamped and the neck had some dings in it. If you're looking for a "starter" kit, I'd recommend the kantele.
Hi Bill, Sorry to hear the sides cracked. Let us know if you need replacements.
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This kit is nicely cut and ready to put together, with easy-to-follow instructions! It does need quite a bit of sanding on the front and back body pieces, though. The neck and sides are great, but the front and back of the body is a little rough. I also discovered a small place on the head of the instrument that is splintered, so that need to be sanded, as well. I’m taking my time before stringing this instrument, and oiling before staining and finishing, as I’d hate for the body to end up splitting from being too dry. Overall, I’d still recommend this kit. I can’t wait to finish it!
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G. Snyman
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I am quite pleased with the kit. Parts were cut well and fit together well. Will definitely be buying other products.
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James Boyd
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Hi Guys and Gals,and good day from Australia. I have received my Strumbly kit and other bits in good order and in very good time,and I am very pleased with my purchases and eagerly await my second order of a Psalmodikon and bowed Psaltery. You can also expect an order of a chord harp kit very soon. I have recently retired and although I have not played any instruments except a harmonica, badly I should add. Anyhoo I have always liked folk music and I am keen to play a few traditional songs for my own and hopefully my families enjoyment. You people look like you really enjoy your work and I like the fact there is no hard sell attitude to your site. I have been telling all and sundry about your site so hopefully you might get some more orders from this neck of the woods. Cheers and regards, James [ Jim] Boyd.
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