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Chechem (pronounced "chay-CHEM") is a hard, dense wood from Mexico, Central America and the British West Indies with an unusually moderate specific gravity that produces a surprisingly lower tone than you might expect.

Chechem (aka Black Poison Wood) is very hard and dense and resistant to wear. It is often used as a substitute for Brazilian rosewood. The bark of the tree secretes a caustic sap that can cause a painful rash like poison ivy.
Shooting Star Chechem Bones demo video. Musical segment features Darling Nelly Gray from Songs From The Parlor.

Figures below are approximate (but pretty darn close)

Tonality

Get the Exact Width You Want
No other store offers Shooting Star bones by exact width. Width varies from batch to batch. But if you are looking to match an old pair of bones, or if you simply want to know what width you are getting, then you have come to the right place.

Narrow (7/8", 1")
Narrow Shooting Star bones deliver a remarkable tonal range for their size. These bones are perfect for kids, people with small hands, and anyone who enjoys the traditional American (aka minstrel one-finger) style of playing.

Wide (1-1/8", 1-3/16", 1-1/4", 1-5/16", 1-3/8")
Wide Shooting Star bones are favored by many experienced players. If you prefer the two-finger (aka Irish or European) style of playing, then you will love these wide classic bones because they enable you to produce a remarkable tonal range. Not sure which size to get? We think 1-3/16" to 1-1/4" is ideal.


shooting star pamphlet
  • Includes FREE illustrated 8-page instruction booklet.
  • Handcrafted Product: No two are exactly alike.
  • Thickness and length of each bone might differ slightly.
  • Width pictured above: 1-5/16"
  • Your item may vary from photos.
Trying to match a set? Welcome to the only store on the planet where you can get Shooting Star bones by exact width.

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Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Narrow (22 mm): 7/8" Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Narrow (22 mm): 7/8"

Hand-made, easily played...since 1983.

Only $19.99 pair
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Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Narrow (25mm): 1" Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Narrow (25mm): 1"

Hand-made, easily played...since 1983.

Only $19.99 pair
3 in stock!
Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (29mm): 1-1/8" Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (29mm): 1-1/8"

Hand-made, easily played...since 1983.

Only $19.99 pair
(Out of Stock)
Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (30mm): 1-3/16" Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (30mm): 1-3/16"

Hand-made, easily played...since 1983.

Only $19.99 pair
1 in stock!
Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (32mm): 1-1/4" Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (32mm): 1-1/4"

Hand-made, easily played...since 1983.

Only $19.99 pair
1 in stock!
Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (33mm): 1-5/16" Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (33mm): 1-5/16"

Hand-made, easily played...since 1983.

Only $19.99 pair
(Out of Stock)
Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (35mm): 1-3/8" Shooting Star Chechem Bones, Wide (35mm): 1-3/8"

Hand-made, easily played...since 1983.

Only $19.99 pair
(Out of Stock)
   
 
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