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FolkRoots® D Series Dulcimer (MaxDAD® - Standard/Bass Hybrid), Walnut Body, Spruce Top

Serial Number 80602204

Regular price $895.00

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Woods used
Back, sides, fretboard, head: black walnut
Top: Sitka spruce

String setup
Five strings, .012, .015, .024RW, .032RW, .054RW
Standard/Bass hybrid: DADAD tuning

Overall: 38 3/8" x 8 1/4" x 3 7/8"
Body: 31 1/2" x 8 1/4" x 2 1/2"
VSL (scale length): 25"
Fretboard width: 2 1/4"

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 (double), 10, 14 (double), and 17

Traditional flat head
Enclosed gear tuners, chrome finish

Also included
Strap buttons
Padded case with shoulder strap

Jim Ash

How would you like to have a combination dulcimer - half standard (normal DAD tuning) and half bass (low-octave DAD tuning)? Well, now you can! With the FolkRoots MaxDAD® (tuned DADAD), you'll sound like an orchestra as you play your dulcimer.

The three strings closest to you are tuned like a standard dulcimer, and the three strings farthest from you are tuned like a bass dulcimer. If you had two separate instruments, the low string of the standard dulcimer would be the same pitch (and string gauge) as the high string of your bass dulcimer. So, we eliminated the duplicate string, leaving you with:

Melody string: high "D"
Second string: "A", four notes lower than the melody string
Middle string: low "D", five notes lower than the second string
Fourth string: low "A", four notes lower than the middle string
Bass string: really low D, five notes lower than the fourth string, and two full octaves lower than the melody string.

Does this sound confusing? It isn't! Everything you already know about playing a standard mountain dulcimer applies to this instrument. Same chords, same melodies. You just have more range to work with!

Why should you choose a Folkcraft 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.

Are you ready to play this mountain dulcimer? Click the "Add To Cart" button below, and we'll ship the dulcimer right away with free FedEx shipping. Questions? Call Folkcraft (weekdays 8 AM to 6 PM, Eastern time) at (317) 539-1855. Maybe this instrument isn't perfect for you? Design your own mountain dulcimer, from classic to exotic, with our "design your own" tools found here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
My New MAX DAD Dulcimer Exceeded My Expectations
Love the new dulcimer
A dulcimer with "Wow-effect"
What a great dulcimer!