Back, sides, fretboard, head: black walnut
Top: black walnut
Fretboard veneer, head veneer: purpleheart
More information about wood can be found here.
Five strings, .012, .015, .024RW, .032RW, .054RW
Standard/Bass hybrid: DADAD tuning
VSL (scale length): 25" (more information about VSL)
Fretboard width: 2 1/4"
Side height: 2 1/4"
Body: 30" x 8 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Overall: 37 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 3 1/4"
This dulcimer has our California-style body.
Nut, bridge, frets
Diatonic, plus 1.5, 6.5, 8.5, 13.5, and 15.5 frets (more information about frets)
Micarta nut and bridge material
Nickel-silver fret wire, jumbo size
Mother of pearl position dots at frets 3, 7 (double), 10, 14 (double), and 17
Radiused fretboard (10 inch radius)
Traditional flat head
Enclosed gear tuners, black finish
Padded case with shoulder strap
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 hourglass lap 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.
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My Folkcraft dulcimer not only sounds absolutely beautiful but is also just gorgeous to behold. I’m not a great player as yet, though I will say that I’ve never heard “Oh Susanna” sound quite so amazing in my entire life. I am 100% thrilled with it and look forward to getting better and better with this exquisite instrument on my lap.
I've been playing mountain dulcimer for a few years but still very much a beginner. This dulcimer is perfect for me, my hands and my abilities yet one I believe will allow me to progress as a player. Thanks Richard for your time and recommendations when I was at the shop! The tone is amazing.
I ordered a custom series dulcimer with custom sound holes and a few other customisable options and couldn't be more impressed with the attention to detail and clear passion in the work of Richard and the guys over at Folkcraft. They are clearly experts in their field and kept me up to date with how my dulcimer was coming along during the months, which is always nice. Couldn't be happier with it. The smell of the wood is amazing as well :)
My first dulcimer in 2006 was a Folkcraft. Throughout the years I have purchased dulcimers from other companies, as well as ones produced by local luthiers. I keep coming back to Folkcraft because the sound quality, exemplary craftsmanship, and physical beauty of the instruments are unsurpassed.
This rocks but I was thinking of a 10 String MaxDAD which has 5 pairs of strings & it would certainly have a nice Jangle. I would call it the MaxDAD X, the X is the Roman Numeral for 10.