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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)
 
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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.

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Jane
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.

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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!

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kdar ricki
great

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!

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John Bracuti
My new custom H series Mountain Dulcimer

Amazing, easy to see that this instrument was hand crafted with love and care. Thank you very much! Hope you all stay well, thanks again

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Terri Cohen
Everything I hoped for!!

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!