Back, sides, head: purpleheart
Fretboard: sugar maple
Top: red oak
Fretboard veneer: Gabon ebony
More information about wood can be found here.
Three strings, .012, .015, .024RW
Standard, DAD tuning
VSL (scale length): 25" (more information about VSL)
Fretboard width: 1 3/8"
Side height: 2 1/4"
Body: 30" x 7 3/4" x 2 1/2"
Overall: 37 1/2" x 7 3/4" 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, standard size
Mother of pearl position dots at frets 3, 7 (double), 10, and 14 (double), and 17
Contemporary flat head
Enclosed gear tuners, gold finish
Padded case with shoulder strap
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The custom dulcimer i ordered is so beautiful, so exquisitely crafted and a joy to play. The sound is incredible. My most favorite dulcimer ever.
I absolutely love my new baritone dulcimer! It sounds incredible and is a real joy to look at and play. Thank you for your excellent craftmanship!
I received my new Custom Folkcraft dulcimer about three weeks ago, and it is simply amazing! I have a hand injury that has taken 3+ years to improve so I can play again. I tasked Richard with building me a full sized California body with a 24 VSL scale. Richard worked with my on wood selections and options and honestly, this instrument is stunning! I had been playing a very short scale, small body dulcimer and wanted a full, warm sound. This 24 VSL w Galax back was the perfect solution. Richard and his team are true artisans in their craft. Beautifully built, solid (I take my dulcimer on the road when camping) and has a beautiful, warm and balanced sound. I can’t put it down, and my hand does not tire when playing! Many thanks to Richard and the entire Folkcraft team. I am now able to play a big sounding dulcimer again. This is a true blessing ! LD
I was fortunate to actually visit with Richard when I called and ordered a custom 25" VSL Walnut sides and back, Butternut top, Purple Heart Fingerboard andLR Baggs pickup. I am very happy with the playability and sound from this beautiful piece of art. I didn't realize it would come with the racing stripes as I see Richard display is some youtube videos. The finish is very nice. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with a Mountain Dulcimer like this one.
Richard, a very heartfelt thank you for building my custom Folkcraft dulcimer. I set out to solve an issue from a damaged hand that has not allowed me to play much. After discussing with you and Haley, the suggestion that I go with a 24 VSL was spot on as a solution. I just received this beauty and she is as gorgeous to look at as to play! Just mind-blowing!! The build quality is like nothing I have seen (and I have owned some very nice dulcimers). The spectacular "interesting" black walnut is breathtaking, and the maple fretboard with zebrawood overlay and spacers on the galax back really was beyond what I envisioned of this instrument. Honestly, the wood selections are perfect in my opinion. The hard case upgrade was worth every penny too. I thank you and the entire Folkcraft team for all of the hard work, knowledge and incredible craftsmanship. I am honored to be part of the Folkcraft family. To be able to play again is such a blessing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Truly an exceptional instrument and company!