A 10- or 12-stringed fretted instrument in the guitar family.
The Chapman Stick is a one-piece instrument with no discernible body. The neck is the entire body, therefore it resembles a stick.
The Chapman Stick is played solely with the tapping
or two-handed tapping
or double-handed tapping
technique, in which each hand plays lines and melodies independently.
The Chapman Stick has a unique tuning which offers a range extending lower than a bass guitar and to about the same high pitch as an electric guitar.