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Design Your Own FolkRoots® H Series Mountain Dulcimer

Item Number 9000031

Regular price $1,095.00 (Plus additional options, if added)
This item ships for free, worldwide.

The FolkRoots H Series dulcimer is very similar to our D Series dulcimer, but it has a few key upgrades and additions. Starting with our largest body (8” wide at the lower bout, 2 1/4” deep), plus your choice of woods, both domestic and exotic, we've added a few upgrades.

The FolkRoots H Series mountain dulcimer has a 4-string flat head, and is typically strung up with 3 strings. With your choice of a 1 3/8" or a 1 1/2” wide fretboard, the three strings are farther from the edges of the fretboard, making it easier to do string bends (and harder to push the strings off the side of the fretboard). The fretboard has a Gabon ebony veneer, and position dots at frets 3, 7, 10, 14, and 17. Choose from seven scale lengths, dozens of sound hole choices, and three fret patterns, and have us build your ideal dulcimer!

FolkRoots dulcimers all feature our larger California-style body. This larger body has been a hallmark of the FolkRoots dulcimers since the early 1970s, and this larger body gives these instruments a big, mellow, guitar-like tone quality.  Here's an article that discusses Kentucky style dulcimers versus California style dulcimers.

If you choose the MaxDAD®option, you don't have choices for string setup or fretboard width - the Folkcraft MaxDAD has a 2 1/4" wide fretboard, and is set up with 5 strings. Plus, the MaxDAD head has five tuners, not four!

Each of our handmade dulcimers comes with our best soft carrying case, made here in the Folkcraft workshop. Our rigid case, which offers more protection, is available for an upcharge. Strap buttons are also included.

There are a lot of options to choose when designing an instrument for us to make for you. We have a reference/resource page here, and you're always welcome to contact us for help and guidance in making great choices.

Please allow us three to four months for shipping on your custom-built instrument.

Customer Reviews

Based on 54 reviews
Folkcraft FolkRoots H series Dulcimer

The Folkcraft FolkRoots® H Series Mountain Dulcimer is a high-quality instrument made from solid tonewoods, such as mahogany, cherry, and walnut, that are carefully selected for their tonal properties. The instrument is handcrafted by skilled luthiers to ensure superior playability and sound quality.

Customers have praised the Folkcraft FolkRoots® H Series Mountain Dulcimer for its beautiful craftsmanship and the ability to customize the instrument to their individual preferences. The customizable options allow players to create a unique instrument that is perfectly suited to their playing style and sound preferences.

Expert reviewers have also noted the high quality of construction and materials used in the Folkcraft FolkRoots® H Series Mountain Dulcimer, as well as its excellent playability and sound. The instrument has been praised for its clear, bright tone and good sustain, which make it suitable for a wide range of musical styles.

Overall, the Folkcraft FolkRoots® H Series Mountain Dulcimer is a well-regarded instrument that is highly customizable and well-crafted, making it a great choice for both beginner and advanced players looking for a high-quality, personalized mountain dulcimer.

Dan Cochran
So much fun!

I received my gorgeous D series dulcimer two weeks ago. Prior to this I had never seen, let alone played one. Yet I was inspired by a number of my favorite tunes and artists including the late Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones and Cyndi Lauper. I have quite a collection of stringed/fretted instruments so the dulcimer was relatively easy for me to pick up with some great instructional lessons online.

So just a beginner but intent on improving everyday and learning different musical genres from Pachabel to The Beatles. I have several fiddler friends and I was actually able to sit in with them on a few standard old-timey tunes using just a few chords. I wish however that I had ordered my dulcimer with a pickup as playing with my fiddler buddies requires a bit more volume.

In short I would order another one from Folkcraft without a second thought. Maybe the resonator model?

Bass at JAM

This Fall, I had an added bonus with my beautiful Bass dulcimer. Playing the bass at the clinic with Mandy Tyner (BANJOLEMONADE) let me provide that low bass tones to the fiddle songs. Loving my bass.

Jaye Mier
Exquisite Instrument!

I recently received my Folkcraft FSH series dulcimer and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the instrument. I (finally) decided, after much discussion back and forth with Richard Ash, to go with the cherry back, sides, top and fretboard and I’m very happy with the decision. I also chose the scroll head and it adds an elegance that makes me smile every time I pick up the instrument to play. One of the toughest decisions was the VSL, because I have an injured left hand so, after much deliberation, I went with the 24” and don’t regret it. It makes this instrument a breeze to play. The care that Folkcraft puts into their instruments is so evident. The finish of this dulcimer is so smooth and the sound is so pure that I have trouble putting it down. Richard was so informative that I could make my purchase with confidence. Thank you, Folkcraft…I’ll be back for more!

kdar ricki

great quality, I use it almost every day without any problems. Fantastic experience every step along the way. All of my questions were answered quickly and completely. My Folkcraft mountain dulcimer is beautiful and made with skilled craftsmanship. I love how it sounds even though I am a complete beginner. Hoping I can do it justice at some point!