No this is not a funny looking bass. It’s a Chapman Stick. For those that don’t know what that is, please check out this link.
I’ve been interested in the Stick for many years and have been thinking seriously about buying one since I took a three day seminar on the Stick almost two years ago.
This stick is made of tarara, is serial number 4969 and was made around 2004.
Most Stick players are interested in having a higher serial number instrument as this is an indication that it is newer. Sticks, unlike say a Fender Precision, have gotten better with age. The older ones do not have many of the improvements that were made through many years of production. While there are many variations, most Sticks are either 10-string or 12-string. Although the 12-string is becoming the standard in Sticks, this one is a 10-sting. I would have preferred a 12-string, but this was one of the best used ones I’ve come across.
Even though there are instruments that are currently in production they are fairly hard to come by. After some thirty years of production, the manufacturer, Emmett Chapman of Stick Enterprises, continues to make the Stick in a small shop with only a few employees. Because of low production levels, the demand has remained high. This has also kept resale instruments in demand and they often can go for near new prices. This Stick new: 10-string with ACTV-2 pickup module, hard case and a stereo cable retails for $2590.00. I paid $2100.00 for this one.
I also decided that since I’m a novice Stick player that I would have it shipped to Stick Enterprises to have it restrung and setup. The previous owner had it setup as “dual bass reciprocal”, which didn’t suit me. So rather than messing with it myself, I had Mr. Chapman himself do the setup. This way I could start learning to play with the best possible setup. At the same time Emmett found a few odd repairs which I though would best to have done. The total repair bill including two sets of strings and shipping came to $467.00.
To top up the bill, the Canadian government, of course, wanted a piece of the action to the tune of $116.00. So the total cost of the instrument ended up being $2683.00, give or take a few dollars for currency exchange.
Overall I’m really excited and like this instrument a lot, but now the hard work begins — learning to play it. Two books where included in the shipping box. “The Stick Book Volume 1” by Greg Howard and “Free Hands” by Emmett Chapman. I’m sure I will be making good use of both of them.
Thanks to Chris from Aurora, IL for selling me your Stick and for being such a gentleman (yes you are) while I was having my moments of buyers remorse. I’m feeling much better now! :^)
I’m off to practice now!