Back, sides, fretboard, head: black walnut
Top: Sitka spruce
Fretboard veneer: Gabon ebony
Five strings, .012, .015, .024RW, .032RW, .054RW
Standard/Bass hybrid: DADAD tuning
Overall: 37" x 8" x 3 1/2"
Body: 31" x 8" x 2 1/4"
VSL (scale length): 25"
Fretboard width: 2 1/4"
Nut, bridge, frets
1.5, 6.5, 8.5, 13.5, and 15.5 frets included
Micarta nut and bridge material
Nickel-silver fret wire, standard size
Mother of pearl position dots at frets 3, 7 (double), 10, 14 (double), and 17
Traditional flat head
Enclosed gear tuners, black finish
Padded case with shoulder strap
The three strings closest to you are tuned like a standard dulcimer, and the three strings farthest from you are tuned like a bass dulcimer. If you had two separate instruments, the low string of the standard dulcimer would be the same pitch (and string gauge) as the high string of your bass dulcimer. So, we eliminated the duplicate string, leaving you with:
Melody string: high "D"
Second string: "A", four notes lower than the melody string
Middle string: low "D", five notes lower than the second string
Fourth string: low "A", four notes lower than the middle string
Bass string: really low D, five notes lower than the fourth string, and two full octaves lower than the melody string.
Does this sound confusing? It isn't! Everything you already know about playing a standard mountain dulcimer applies to this instrument. Same chords, same melodies. You just have more range to work with!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 4 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.
I wanted to order a MAXDAD chromatic, so I ordered one a couple of months back -- customer service was amazing and cleared up any and all issues that arose during its building and shipping. The instrument arrived at the beginning of this month, and I would say that the instrument is absolutely splendid and sounds loud and sweet. I would definitely buy again if I ever needed another one!
Just got to pick my wood, eastern red cedar, for my dream dulcimer. The actual piece!!! I am so excited to see it on the completed instrument. What a great service.
Had my new custom dulcimer about 3-4 weeks now, and honestly, I am enjoying it more every day. The quality of the workmanship, top and bottom joints, finish and most importantly, sound is absolutely top notch. Everyone notices the brilliance and warmth of the tones. Needless to say but I’ll say it anyway ..I could not be more happy with this custom dulcimer. Number four in my collection but number one in overall quality.!
I could not be happier. What a beautiful instrument - I love playing it with my Mountain Band in church.
I am in love with my new chromatic dulcimer! Folkcraft quality never disappoints. Customer service is always above and beyond expectations. I recently purchase another well known dulcimer and have discovered it was a costly mistake, because the action is too high and "cannot adjusted lower without buzzing". I immediately bought my new chromatic from Folkcraft upon learning that my "other new one" cannot be returned, thus, I have lost money and "they" have lost a customer.