Rim, neck, head: African mahogany
Tone ring: poplar
11" Remo Fiberskyn banjo head
Three strings (.012, .015, .026SS)
Standard, DAD tuning
VSL (scale length): 28" (more information about VSL)
Fretboard width: 1 1/2"
Body dimensions: 12" x 12" x 3"
Overall length: 40"
Overall height: 3.25"
Nut, bridge, frets
Diatonic, plus 1.5, 6.5, 8.5, and 13.5 frets (more information about frets)
Micarta nut material
Maple bridge with ebony cap
Nickel-silver fret wire, standard size
Mother of pearl position dots at frets 3, 7 (double), 10, and 14 (double)
Traditional flat head
Enclosed gear tuners, chrome finish
Padded case with shoulder strap
The Folkcraft LAP-JO (our dulcimer/banjo hybrid, which is Loud And Played JOyously) is handmade in our Woodburn, Indiana workshop. Built of solid mahogany, this instrument has a dulcimer neck/fretboard with a banjo body - play it like a dulcimer, get the sound of a banjo. With a full two-octave range, a 28" VSL, "extra frets" at 1 1/2, 6 1/2, 8 1/2, and 13 1/2, plus strap buttons and a soft case, this beauty is sure to give you years of joy.
We do have a rigid case available for this instrument - our item number 2325855 fits just right!
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 4 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.
The instrument is beautiful and well made. I have not played the LAP-JO at this point. I failed to order a manual on how to play. I also normally play in DAA. I also did not expect it to be chromatic. I’ll read the details closer on future orders.
3 weeks ago i received my new Lap jo ...
I first learned of it from Banjolemonade..
My teacher ( learning the dulcimer ) was so excited to get hers...I emailed her to see if she thought I could handle it....she said you will love it.. ....and I do...she just put up a great lesson for lap jo , with more to come..
Richard ...what a wonderful way to get a great banjo sound...beautifully made...just like my
I have purchased several Folkcraft instruments they are the best.
I love my Folkcraft Lap-Jo. It has an authentic banjo sound, but still played like a dulcimer. A beautiful instrument.
Plays like a dulcimer - dulcimer fretboard! Sounds like a real banjo! Perfect!
Bing Futch playing his Folkcraft LAP-JO
Wendy Songe playing her Folkcraft LAP-JO