Folkcraft Instruments has been crafting handmade mountain dulcimers since 1968. We've been providing the best dulcimers, plus the dulcimer cases, tab books, dulcimer string sets, and everything else a mountain dulcimer player needs. We even provide dulcimer parts - machine heads and wood parts - for builders of all skill levels. We're happy to build a custom mountain dulcimer for you, make you a custom instrument case, or make you a custom string set. All of our dulcimers are handmade in the USA.
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I am new to the dulcimer but have discovered I love books by Susan Trump. She puts in those extra little touches that make the songs sound beautiful. The instructions are also very clearly presented. Highly recommended.
Just exactly what I needed. My mountain dulcimer only had a strap button on the back. I showed my husband the video that Richard made for installation and it was perfect. My dulcimer now has a strap and I don't have to worry about it falling off my lap
It’s a great drawing and plan
Thank you Richard for such fast action between taking my order and seeing the package arrive at my door! As always…well done!
I haven’t used it yet.
I have enjoyed playing the songs in this book. The tabs are well written into nice arrangements and the CD is helpful for learning.
Quality strings with warm tone. I am pleased with my purchase.
Beautiful design. Looks wonderful on my hammered dulcimer. Gives an open sound hole an elegant, decorative appearance. I love this design.
I ordered and received an LR Baggs pickup for a dulcimer from Folkcraft but it had no instructions with it .I contacted Rich at Folkcraft and he called me and was very helpful in instructing me over the phone I give the pickup and the customer service 5 stars. George Handy
Great customer service
I especially enjoy the blues licks and the ordinary song tabs with the blues flavor that the book includes. I'm not sure I'm advanced enough to apply much to my other tabs but I understand the idea and like playing his arrangements with 1 1/2 frets.
Folkcraft® Fret Wire, Four Feet
I am really happy with the choice of this strap. Nice and sturdy, I like the quick release buckles, very helpful. It also makes playing so much easier!
Worked for what I needed it for...
Have been using this fret wire for a lot of years now and have not found any better. Easy to install and at a great price
Received a custom made case for my dulcimer. It is great. Love the large enclosure for my extra needs for dulcimer.
Love the sound of new strings on my Folkcraft Dulcimer. Easy to put on and great sounding!
A note to Richard Ashe says it all. “Oh my, Richard!! It’s beautiful, everything I hoped for and more. The tonal quality and sustain are wonderful. Don’t know that anything but mahogany and western cedar could sound as sweet! Worth every penny!! Thank you for a perfect instrument!!” This teardrop dulcimer is my second from Folkcraft.
My first dulcimer was a walnut/butternut custom teardrop. This latest one is a ‘Ready To Ship’. Both are beautifully finished and sound great, rich sound, great sustain. Will I get a third? You never know. If I do, it will be another Folkcraft.
Aaron makes the 1.5 fret accessible. Definitely worth the purchase price for the confidence it inspires!
Great chart to keep handy when learning chords or when deciding which chord to use for the melody note
I love my Folkcraft Lap-Jo. It has an authentic banjo sound, but still played like a dulcimer. A beautiful instrument.
When Richard helped me select my new dulcimer I also asked him to advise me on some books. He steered me toward 2 books. They will support me in my learning so I won’t get too far ahead and get frustrated. It is wonderful to have a great Folkcraft staff to support new musicians.
These were easy to install, and unlike the other strings I've gotten, they've held a tune beautifully -- even right after putting them on. They're also much easier to play on, have excellent resonance, and are warmer in tone than the D'Addario strings.
Okay, so I made a mistake when I was ordering and got ball end strings instead of loop end. Oops! But, I was able to easily remove the balls on the ends to make them into loop ends without damaging most of the strings.
I'm genuinely impressed and will be buying these (or the right version of them) for my dulcimer from here on out.
No problems at all with this fret wire !
I bought a Quick Release dulcimer strap and I am very pleased with the quality of the product. Both the strap and the buckles are top notch. I definitely recommend this strap.
Really nice strap. Quick release on both ends. Bought the 2" and will be ordering a 1" to use with double neck dulcimer, as the 2" is a little bulky for that instrument.
Perfect beginner's book. Bought this to learn some "traditional" dulcimer tunes. Nice that it comes with a CD to play along with as I'm unfamiliar with some of the songs, although most everybody will know the real basic ones included. Chord chart, tabulature and notation as well as dulcimer history and playing tips.
More than enough for my first build.
Just what I was looking for to do my first build.
This is the best strap that I've ever used to keep my mountain dulcimer on my lap when I play it. The best feature is having quick releases at each end of the strap.