Rim, neck, head: African mahogany
Tone ring: poplar
Fretboard veneer: East Indian rosewood
11" Remo Fiberskyn banjo head
Three strings (.012, .015, .026SS)
Standard, DAD tuning
VSL (scale length): 28"
Fretboard width: 1 1/2"
Body dimensions: 12" x 12" x 3"
Overall length: 40"
Overall height: 3.25"
Nut, bridge, frets
1.5, 6.5, 8.5, and 13.5 frets included
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)
L.R. Baggs Banjo Bridge Piezo Pickup
Traditional flat head
Enclosed gear tuners, black 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 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.
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