Chapman Stick

Stick Enterprises, Inc. (American)

Object Place: Woodland Hills, California, United States


Length 110.5 cm, width 8.3 cm, depth 4.3 cm (Length 43 1/2 in., width 3 1/4 in., depth 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Satine wood, paua shell

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments



“Touchboard” instrument with slender body constructed from seven laminations of satine wood, terminating in pointed headstock. Twenty-four fret rods of stainless steel and five circular fret markers of iridescent paua shell. Adjustable square-section truss rod of stainless steel. “Nut” comprised of steel height-adjustable saddle screws for each string. One-piece bridge/tailpiece unit of plastic with height-adjustable screws similar to nut. Electro-magnetic stereo pickups housed in module of black plastic. Ten strings grouped into treble and bass. Adjustable shoulder strap of leather and belt hook of black plastic. Plastic storage case. Overall length 1105 mm, width 83 mm, depth 43 mm, string length 855 mm.


Marked on oval plate on headstock: Stick / fretboard tapping / instruments / TOUCHBOARD PRODUCTS / MADE IN U.S.A. BY / STICK ENTERPRISES, INC. / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA / …; stamped on headstock: 1633


2000, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 22, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Bradford M. and Dorothea R. Endicott


"Stick" is a federally registered trademark of Stick Enterprises and is used with permission.