The McNally Strumstick is a unique hybrid of the Appalaichan Dulcimer and the guitar. Like the Dulcimer it is fretted using only the notes of the major scale. As a result the are NO WRONG NOTES! Making it easy for novices, yet amazingly versatile for all musicians. The Strumstick was designed for people who don't play any musical instrument, and are convinced they can't play any music. There are no wrong notes, there are just the notes of a simple scale. ANYTHING YOU PLAY ON IT SOUNDS GOOD. Since there are no wrong notes, there are no mistakes, you can have fun making sounds without worrying about "getting it right". IT'S EASY! The Strumstick is handmade in the USA by Bob McNally (who licensed the design to Martin Guitars for their â€œBackpackerâ€� range of travel instruments) The Strumstick is made from quality materials featuring neck and rims of adouk, solid sitka spruce top and solid maple back. Approx dimensions are: L 29.5" W 4" - Weighs about 11 oz. The tone is like a cross between a banjo and a dulcimer.