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Design Your Own FolkRoots® H Series Mountain Dulcimer

Item Number 9000031

Regular price $895.00 (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 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 five scale lengths, dozens of sound hole choices, and three fret patterns, and have us build your ideal dulcimer!

Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery of your custom-built dulcimer.

Customer Reviews

Based on 28 reviews
Folkcraft Chromatic Dulcimer

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.

A sweet sounding instrument with extra range on the bottom.

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.

Loving my new Mountain Dulcimer

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!

Beautiful Instrument

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

Good bit of kit

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.

Murray Laing