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Design Your Own Custom Mountain Dulcimer Fingerboard

Item number 8120670 Regular price $0.00

Here's our very best fingerboard blank. 32 inches long, and cut from your choice of black walnut, northern cherry, or African mahogany, these fingerboards are the very best available. 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 fretboards flawless intonation, and makes every chord on your dulcimer 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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W.A.
Very pretty grain

strong grain will hold machine head screws well .

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W.A.
western cedar

Be very gentle with the tight ,straight grain , will split easy.

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M.M.

Folkcraft® Northern Cherry Mountain Dulcimer Fingerboard, Nut And Bridge Slots Cut, Frets Installed, 1 1/2” Wide

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J.L.
Sides and tops

I buy a lot of wood parts for making my own dulcimers. I always get them fast, and there's no fussing around making parts. This kerfing is only a few bucks, and will save me hours of grunt work. I get to focus on dulcimer building!