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Design Your Own Custom Mountain Dulcimer Fingerboard

Item Number 8120670

Regular price $0.00 (Plus additional options, if added)
 
This item ships for free, anywhere in the USA.

Here's our very best fingerboard blank for your instrument. 32 inches long, and cut from your choice of black walnut, northern cherry, or African mahogany. These dulcimer fingerboards are the very best available and are the perfect opportunity for a custom layout. We quartersaw the wood for stability, then cut the fret slots and nut/bridge slots on our CNC router. Yes, we use a computer-driven router for cutting fret slots. Why? Unparalleled accuracy. Our router is accurate to .0007 of an inch, which is far more accurate than even the best craftsman. This gives our mountain dulcimer fretboards flawless intonation, and makes every chord on your instrument sound "right". We use a tiny, tiny router bit (.5 millimeters in diameter) to cut the fret slots, then use a press (not a hammer!) to insert the American-made fret wire. The nut and bridge slots are cut by the router, too, which gives them the correct spacing relative to the frets.

All in all, these aren't inexpensive fret boards, but they're worth every penny. If you buy a Folkcraft or FolkRoots dulcimer, this is the fretboard that's installed in the instrument. 

There are five different options for scale length. In general, the longer the VSL, the better the tone quality, but the harder it is to reach some of the chords. A person with large hands would be comfortable with a 28 or 29 inch scale length, but someone with more delicate/petite hands might be more comfortable with a 25 or 26 in scale length.

All of these fretboards come with a 6 1/2 and a 13 1/2 fret as standard, and you can choose to add the 1 1/2 and 8 1/2 frets (recommended) or even go with a full chromatic fret pattern.

If you need to watch your pennies, we do offer fretboards that are cut on our gang saw (a long spindle with many, many blades, that can cut a fretboard quickly and accurately). Our gang saw has a single scale length (27"), and has the 6 1/2 fret as the only "extra". This is a great fretboard, too, but to get the extra frets (1 1/2, 8 1/2, 13 1/2, or chromatic) you'll want to choose our CNC router-cut fretboards.

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Scott Conner
Western Red Cedar Dulcimer Tops

I asked Richard if he would laser cut his new "Live free or die" sound holes on some nice Western Red Cedar for me. I thought they would make a nice teardrop dulcimer. We call this "Albino" Western Red Cedar since it is a very light color to make the laser etchings stand out better. I like it and am half way thru the build already. Ready to pound in frets then glue up and sand the edges. A pic will be in my bio when Haley puts it up on the Folkcraft web page in a few days.

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Folkcraft Music

Everything good. Thanks.

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Doug Thomson
Finger boards

I have used your finger boards for many years making Dulcimers and my Banjo-Mers. The wood is always highest quality. The boards are kiln dried and cut and
sanded true. This makes for easy final set-up when finished! Doug Thomson

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Charles Taylor
Triumphant tailblock

It worked great on a total rebuild for our beginners group. It wasn't a Folkcraft but it worked as if It was

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Timdonderevo
Excellent quality Fingerboard

I bought this fingerboard along with a black walnut scroll headstock for a solid-body electric project. Quick shipping, and amazing customer service! Richard answered some technical questions for me, and months later I finally assembled the dulcimer. The fingerboard is perfectly manufactured and slotted for the Folkcraft Nuts and Bridge 'Nuts'.

I've been feeding the fingerboard with plenty of Lemon Oil, as the Walnut was very dry, but for an 'unfinished' fingerboard, you'll struggle to find anything with this kind of quality workmanship and integrity.

To build my electric solid-body, I cut a section out of the fingerboard where the carved strumming section would typically be - the fingerboard comes in one square section, with the Nut and Bridge slots cut for perfect intonation.