Back, sides, fretboard, head: Black walnut
Three strings, .012, .015, .024RW
Standard, DAD tuning
Overall: 37" x 8" x 3 1/2"
Body: 31" x 8" x 2 1/4"
VSL (scale length): 25"
Fretboard width: 1 3/8"
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
Open gear tuners, chrome finish
Padded case with shoulder strap
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I never played a Mountain Dulcimer until my new, custom dulcimer arrived a few weeks ago. Richard spent a lot of time helping me design the best instrument for my needs. Now I am plucking and strumming on a gorgeous instrument that sounds heavenly… even with a beginner playing!
I’m so pleased with my F series dulcimer- beautifully made- it was an “aha moment” when I lifted it out of the shipping box, and even more when I played it. From ordering it to playing it, everything was
The dulcimer looks wonderful, but the main point for me is that it sounds great and plays well. I designed this to let me play more complex music, hence the wider fretboard. It's also a bigger body than my 30-year-old 4-string Folkcraft dulcimer, which delivers a 12-string-guitar-like sound when you carry a melody in the bass. It's a differnt animal.
My new dulcimer lets me play in the style of the late Bert Jansch without actually using my guitar!
Of course I agonised over the addition of a 11/2 fret and considered reducing it to a mini-fret under the middle string (I really wanted the C natural) but I was happy when I discoverd that the added f naturals let me play blues riffs in DAD. I think I will always think of the 11/2 fret as 'the extra fret for specific purposes' so I've filled the space behind it with a large, ornate position marker (a pentangle in memort of Jansch) so I'm always aware of it. Problem solved. Looks cool, too.
I am a classical guitar dealer for almost 30 years so I know instruments very very well. I researched Dulcimers when I wanted to surprise my wife with one, she is a big Joni Mitchel fan. She loves the Dulcimer and is learning fast, the quality is excellent as is the tone, I think it would be hard to beat this Folkcraft Dulcimer without spending much more money. A great choice, we are very pleased.
I am so please with my Folkroots Dulcimer. It's like playing on a fretboard made of silk and the sound is deep and resonate. I highly recommend Folkcraft Dulcimers. Since I bought this one I have purchased a second one. I am so satisfied.