Make a 2-string Chugger from a 30" Canoe Paddle!

It's been a while since I've made an instrument in the workshop. I found this 30" paddle at a sporting goods store and decided to turn it into a 2-string chugger. I didn't really have a plan but it came together nicely.

Intro - 0:00
Build Process - 0:46
Completed Project - 3:16
Sound Clips - 4:31
Summary - 5:39

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Comment by Poorness Studios on October 1, 2022 at 9:45am

Thanks AD. It came out pretty nice and there is definitely some Pixies influence in there. :-)

Comment by A.D.EKER on October 1, 2022 at 9:39am

Some fine building Music Kale Nice ! i to have one of these paddels in the workshop, but still did not get round to that on! who knows, are there some Pixies influens in there? that chugger sure chuggsszzz!

Comment by Doug Thorsvik on September 29, 2022 at 10:55am

If you get a hankering to do it sometime, just let me know. I have more fishing line than I will ever use and will be happy to send you what you need. You can even do a super low G (a whole step below an A on a 4-string bass) with 400 lb test and a scale length around 32” !!!

Comment by Poorness Studios on September 29, 2022 at 10:49am

Yeah. That's kinda what I figured. It might be a good use of a 4' paddle though. If you went with a 30" scale or something similar, it might work pretty well.

Comment by Doug Thorsvik on September 29, 2022 at 10:47am

You are correct Kale, you need longer scale lengths for fishing line to get low notes. For a 25.75” scale length I would use 250 lb test to get a low G! A big downside of fishing line is it comes in 100 yd increments, a lifetime supply and then some.

Comment by Poorness Studios on September 29, 2022 at 10:21am

Thanks John. I'm pretty pleased with it.

Comment by Uncle John on September 29, 2022 at 8:26am

Fun vid.  Nice lil chugger!

Comment by Poorness Studios on September 29, 2022 at 8:08am

I think fishing line string would have to be really heavy to work right with a short scale like this but it would be cool if I could incorporate that. It's a great idea. It might work on a 4 foot paddle.

Comment by Doug Thorsvik on September 28, 2022 at 11:23pm

Fun and simple project Kale! I enjoyed watching you pull it all together in a short yet detailed video. I gotta ask though wIth a canoe paddle where are the fishing line strings?  I do enjoy playing my chuggers, but fretted versions.

Comment by Poorness Studios on September 28, 2022 at 9:28pm

Thanks for checking it out t-belly and BrianQ. It was just a random idea but it seemed to work out pretty well.

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