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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.

Customer Reviews

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Andrew Fay
Dulcimer parts

Excellent website with great resources for Dulcimer making that did not exist in Australia where I live. Everything I ordered was shipped and arrived in great condition including all of the wood for top back and sides. Thank you very much I will definitely come back for more and recommend to others.

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Beacham McDougald
Nice!

Every wood craftsman has his or her favorites in wood. In walnut I prefer dark heartwood, but this scroll was almost all light sapwood. It will not be used in a dulcimer, but it will be a pattern for the ones that I cut.

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Donald H. Savidge
Dulcimer Supplies

Always a pleasure dealing with Folkcraft!
The supplies are shipped prompt
Every item I have purchase meets my expectations!
Don S.

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Jon Horton
Black walnut fingerboard

I needed a fingerboard for a mountain dulcimer I was finishing for a friend. I ordered one from Folkcraft knowing I would receive one that would be straight and true. It arrived as I needed. I did a light sanding to check for level straightness and proceeded to mark the frets. This quality of this fretboard was top notch.

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Susan Maciag
Cherry dulcimer kit

Love everything about my new dulcimer I built. The kit arrived on time, had all the parts and pieces needed, and was fun to build. The instructions were a little confusing but not bad. I had a question and called them. They thoroughly explain it and were very happy to help me. I had to order two new top pieces which was my mistake and the ship them out promptly. I am thinking of ordering another kit maybe in walnut this time. I would recommend them to anyone.