Back, sides, fretboard, head: African mahogany
Three strings, .012, .015, .024RW
Standard, DAD tuning
Overall: 38" x 8" x 3 1/2"
Body: 31" x 8" x 2 1/4"
VSL (scale length): 27"
Fretboard width: 1 3/8"
Nut, bridge, frets
1.5, 6.5, 8.5, 13.5, and 15.5 frets included
Micarta nut and bridge material
Nickel-silver fret wire, standard size
Mother of pearl position dots at frets 3, 7, and 10
Fishman Matrix Pickup with Fishman Prefix Pro Blend preamp
Open gear tuners, chrome finish
Padded case with shoulder strap
Why should you choose a Folkcraft teardrop mountain dulcimer? Sound quality, appearance, and durability. We've been handcrafting mountain dulcimers since 1968, and many of the world's finest players, both amateur and professional, choose our dulcimers. Click here to see our roster of endorsing artists. You may also enjoy following the links provided to see each of them performing (with their Folkcraft dulcimers) on YouTube.
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I am in love with my new chromatic dulcimer! Folkcraft quality never disappoints. Customer service is always above and beyond expectations. I recently purchase another well known dulcimer and have discovered it was a costly mistake, because the action is too high and "cannot adjusted lower without buzzing". I immediately bought my new chromatic from Folkcraft upon learning that my "other new one" cannot be returned, thus, I have lost money and "they" have lost a customer.
Working with Richard Ash and the Crew was a pleasure; from the start of the process of placing the order for my new Design Your Own, D Series Mountain Dulcimer to arrival at my doorstep. I chose the MaxDAD Standard/Bass Hybrid option with black walnut body, sides and head, and a Sitka Spruce top. I also chose the 25 inch VSL with standard fretting (1 1/2, 6 1/2, 8 1/2, And 13 1/2) to make fingering a tad easier on my old hands. For a custom touch, I chose to have four Irish Harp sound holes in the top. The instrument arrived in six weeks from the time the order was placed. The Picking Points that I earned with the purchase went toward some accessories (set of strings, two humidifiers and a strap) to get me going. The sound is sweet with a rich bass.
I never played a Mountain Dulcimer until my new, custom dulcimer arrived a few weeks ago. Richard spent a lot of time helping me design the best instrument for my needs. Now I am plucking and strumming on a gorgeous instrument that sounds heavenly… even with a beginner playing!
I’m so pleased with my F series dulcimer- beautifully made- it was an “aha moment” when I lifted it out of the shipping box, and even more when I played it. From ordering it to playing it, everything was
The dulcimer looks wonderful, but the main point for me is that it sounds great and plays well. I designed this to let me play more complex music, hence the wider fretboard. It's also a bigger body than my 30-year-old 4-string Folkcraft dulcimer, which delivers a 12-string-guitar-like sound when you carry a melody in the bass. It's a differnt animal.
My new dulcimer lets me play in the style of the late Bert Jansch without actually using my guitar!
Of course I agonised over the addition of a 11/2 fret and considered reducing it to a mini-fret under the middle string (I really wanted the C natural) but I was happy when I discoverd that the added f naturals let me play blues riffs in DAD. I think I will always think of the 11/2 fret as 'the extra fret for specific purposes' so I've filled the space behind it with a large, ornate position marker (a pentangle in memort of Jansch) so I'm always aware of it. Problem solved. Looks cool, too.