Emmett Chapman


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Stick Enterprises

Emmett Chapman was studying guitar when he began playing a two hand tapping style. As he researched the idea he found that he could create a unique instrument and style of playing that would later be explored by musicians of nearly every musical style. The Chapman Stick has become one of the most celebrated string innovations of the last 50 years and has enjoyed a great following among players and fans alike. Not being satisfied with just one model, Emmett designed several products over his career including the team effort with Ned Steinberger to create the NS Stick, which was introduced in 2000.