Karen Belz
Updated Feb 17, 2017 @ 2:02 pm
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Musical instruments are fun. Giant musical instruments are even better. Just ask Lawrence Stump, who recently set the Guinness World Record for largest ukulele. Stump’s uke is both playable, and tunable. And in all honesty, we’re kind of obsessed with it.

The ukulele is just a little over 13 feet long, and it was created based on inspiration from a science class. Stump’s son had to construct a musical instrument for the class, and Lawrence — who goes by Larry — decided to take it one step further on his own time. So, it’s safe to say that he really created quite the science experiment.

Watch the ukulele (and Stump) in action, thanks to this incredible video:

According to Stump, the whole project took about three months and $600 dollars. And, according to us, we think that’s $600 well spent.

Stump himself doesn’t truly fancy himself as a hardcore ukulele player.

However, watching that video, we beg to differ. It sounds like Stump definitely knows what he’s doing with a regular-sized uke. The difference between the two, besides size of course, is the fact that the larger model “isn’t as melodic” as the standard.

While the larger ukulele sometimes spends time at Elderly Instruments in Lansing, Michigan, it’s almost a staple at local ukulele shows. Of course, people love seeing it in person.

There’s so much that we love about this story. But in general, we’re just happy that Larry Stump got a chance to earn such a noteworthy record in such a cool way.