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Folkcraft LAP-JO®

Serial Number 80305192

Regular price $1,195.00

Woods used
Rim, neck, head: African mahogany
Tone ring: poplar

Head
11" Remo Fiberskyn banjo head

String setup
Three strings (.012, .015, .026SS)
Standard, DAD tuning

Dimensions
VSL (scale length): 28"
Fretboard width: 1 1/2"
Body dimensions: 12" x 12" x 3"
Overall length: 40"
Overall height: 3.25"

Nut, bridge, frets
1.5, 6.5, 8.5, and 13.5 frets included
Micarta nut material
Maple bridge with ebony cap
Nickel-silver fret wire, standard size
Mother of pearl position dots at frets 3, 7 (double), 10, and 14 (double)

Options
Traditional flat head
Enclosed gear tuners, chrome finish

Also included
Strap buttons
Padded case with shoulder strap

Luthier
Jim Ash

If you haven't yet heard a LAP-JO, here's the lowdown: A Folkcraft LAP-JO is a dulcimer/banjo hybrid. The fretboard is 100 percent mountain dulcimer, and the instrument is played just like a standard dulcimer. The tone-generating end of the instrument is 100 percent banjo. Banjo rim, hoop, ring, lugs, tailpiece, bridge. This is the only dulcimer/banjo hybrid that actually sounds like a banjo. It can be played quietly, but is also loud enough to hold its own with a guitar, or with a hammered dulcimer. There are plenty of videos on YouTube where you can see a LAP-JO in action. Go to YouTube.com, and search for "Folkcraft LAP-JO".

The Folkcraft LAP-JO (our dulcimer/banjo hybrid, which is Loud And Played JOyously) is handmade in our Woodburn, Indiana workshop. Built of solid mahogany, this instrument has a dulcimer neck/fretboard with a banjo body - play it like a dulcimer, get the sound of a banjo. With a full two-octave range, a 28" VSL, "extra frets" at 1 1/2, 6 1/2, 8 1/2, and 13 1/2, plus strap buttons and a soft case, this beauty is sure to give you years of joy.

We do have a rigid case available for this instrument - our item number 2325855 fits just right!

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 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.

Are you ready to play this mountain dulcimer? Click the "Add To Cart" button below, and we'll ship the dulcimer right away with free FedEx shipping. Questions? Call Folkcraft (weekdays 8 AM to 6 PM, Eastern time) at (317) 539-1855. Maybe this instrument isn't perfect for you? Design your own mountain dulcimer, from classic to exotic, with our "design your own" tools found here.

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LAP-JO Heaven!!!!!

Plays like a dulcimer - dulcimer fretboard! Sounds like a real banjo! Perfect!

Bing Futch playing his Folkcraft LAP-JO

Wendy Songe playing her Folkcraft LAP-JO