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Cool tapes are cool

The populace of Free Country, USA are quite musically talented; several of them play various instruments.


Marzipan's Instruments

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"Come on Carol, let's rock!"


Carol is Marzipan's guitar, (although in Powered by The Cheat cartoons, she is called "Carl"). She is modeled after a nylon-string classical/Spanish guitar. Carol features a drawing of a "Don't Tread on Me"-style snake from the American Revolutionary War. Marzipan plays Carol in the band Cool Tapes with Strong Mad and The Cheat. However, the sound Carol makes in the song "Cool Things" is much more like that of an electric guitar with distortion.

Marzipan's new style.

Electric Guitar

In different town, Strong Bad wishes that Marzipan would rock, picturing her playing an electric guitar. The guitar resembles a skull, spine, and several other bones. It is unknown if Marzipan has ever played an electric guitar, however, as mentioned above, it seems as though Carol is capable of making an electric guitar resonance in the song "Cool Tapes".



The Ukulele is used by Marzipan to play Hawaiian music for her luau. This is a more appropriate instrument than Carol to accompany Strong Sad's Polynesian prose. This instrument sports the letter "M", standing either for "Marzipan" or as the monogram of the instrument's own (unknown) name.


The Cheat's Instruments

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Beautiful music


The Cheat's keyboard is a Casio Sk-1 portable sampling keyboard. The Cheat has played the Strong Badia National Anthem, a background beat for Strong Bad's chart-topping hit "Song About Sibbie," and the acoustics for "Everybody Knows It" on it.

The Cheat's keyboard appears to have an extra key between E and F and two extra keys between B and C.

According to Strong Bad in the email guitar, if he had a band, The Cheat would play keyboards.



DJ Equipment/Mixing

When The Cheat is on tour as DJ Teh C., he uses a set of DJ equipment, which seems to include a pair of single turntables. He most likely also has a mixer board, as he is able to make an Indie-Tronic remix out of The Geddup Noise, as well as a remix of "Not Talkin' 'bout Butter".


The record player

Record Player

The Cheat's Record Player appeared in rampage when he was playing background music for Strong Bad and Coach Z when they were going on a lyrical rampage.

According to the DVD Commentary for rampage, this is based off of the Fisher Price Record Player toy that Matt Chapman had when he was a kid, and tried to bring to college. The real record player could play 33 to 45 RPM records and, according to Matt, could only play "slow stuff or jazz" or else "it just couldn't handle it".


Cool Tapes


The Cheat plays a trap set in the band Cool Tapes. In Cool Things and Weclome Back he plays a drum set with a crash cymbal, hi-hat, floor tom, snare drum and bass drum. He has "Cool Tapes" written on his bass drum head.


Strong Mad's Instruments

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Electric Bass

Strong Mad's bass is an instrument that Strong Mad plays in the band Cool Tapes with Marzipan and The Cheat. The bass is black and has Strong Mad's intitials on the headstock. He uses a blue pick to play.

He was first seen playing the instrument in Cool Things as the band recorded their first Cool Tapes song. He later is seen playing it again in a topiary garden during the band's midwestern tour.


Bubs's Instruments

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Bubs gets all the royalties


Bubs's Keytar is based on a Yamaha SHS-10 FM digital keyboard, whose most common variation is red and features colored buttons. With low-quality sounds and a $100 price tag, it was practically a toy, but had professional features like MIDI out, pitch-bend, and a two-digit LED display to indicate patch/program changes.

The only significant difference between Bubs's keytar and a real SHS-10 is that Bubs's only has 24 keys, while the real one has 32.

The keytar debuted in the Strong Bad Email "cheatday." Bubs had it behind the couch in Strong Bad's basement so he could help supply the music for "The Date of Birth Song".



Strong Sad's Instruments

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Walkin' on clouds and flippin' off rainbows.


Strong Sad owns a classical guitar that he plays in the email song for alternate universe. A drawing of Strong Sad playing a twelve-string guitar had previously appeared in the sketchbook. That guitar was held right-handed, and Strong Sad was seen writing right-handed in record book and Strong Bad is in Jail Cartoon. Nevertheless, he plays this six-string guitar left-handed.


The King of Town's Instruments

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"Not Talkin' 'Bout Butter"


As heard in "Not Talkin' 'bout Butter," and Missing Lappy, the King of Town plays "guitar, apparently!"


The Hornblower's Instruments

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"A-break it down for me, fell-as!"


The Hornblower plays the buisine, including in the K.O.T.H.S. Junior Varsity Marching Band..



The Hornblower plays a saxophone as part of All the King's Men!.


The Poopsmith's Instruments

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The Poopsmith plays the cymbals in the K.O.T.H.S. Junior Varsity Marching Band.


The Knight's Instruments

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Bass Drum

The Knight plays the bass drum in the K.O.T.H.S. Junior Varsity Marching Band.


Acoustic Guitar

The Knight plays an acoustic guitar in The Movie Theater Appearances:

Stand-up Bass

The Knight plays a stand-up bass as part of All The King's Men!.


The Blacksmith's Instruments

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The Blacksmith plays a small trap set as part of All The King's Men!. He appears to be left handed, since the snare drum is on the right hand side of the drum set.



The Blacksmith plays four maracas in The Movie Theater.

Instruments played by Character Variations

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Maybe they play their own instruments?


In the email highschool, the teenage versions of Homestar, Marzipan, Strong Mad, and Strong Bad play in a band. However, Strong Bad's admitted "doodle memory" could mean that these characters were not able to play these instruments.

  • Homestar - Guitar (left handed)
  • Marzipan - Tambourine
  • Strong Mad - Drums
  • Strong Bad - Keyboard


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Worsh it!


The Homestar Runner plays "a mean worshboard" (labeled "worsh it!") that Stinkoman assumes is some kind of robot in 20X6 vs. 1936. A washboard is a homemade instrument that is played with a mallet.

Instruments played by "Created Characters"

Teen Girl Squad

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Kissy Boots in action.

In Issue 8, the girls join a battle of the bands as Kissy Boots. Each of them plays an instrument in the band.

Saddy Dumpington

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Miserable and Depressing


In A Folky Tale, Saddy Dumpington is seen carrying a mallet and wears a washboard around his neck.

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