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Design Your Own FolkRoots® H Series Mountain Dulcimer

Item Number 9000031

Regular price $1,195.00 (Plus additional options, if added)
 
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The FolkRoots H Series dulcimer is very similar to our D Series dulcimer, but it has a few key upgrades and additions. Starting with our largest body (8” wide at the lower bout, 2 1/4” deep), plus your choice of woods, both domestic and exotic, we've added a few upgrades.

The FolkRoots H Series mountain dulcimer has a 4-string flat head, and is typically strung up with 3 strings. With your choice of a 1 3/8" or a 1 1/2” wide fretboard, the three strings are farther from the edges of the fretboard, making it easier to do string bends (and harder to push the strings off the side of the fretboard). The fretboard has a Gabon ebony veneer, and position dots at frets 3, 7, 10, 14, and 17. Choose from seven scale lengths, dozens of sound hole choices, and three fret patterns, and have us build your ideal dulcimer!

FolkRoots dulcimers all feature our larger California-style body. This larger body has been a hallmark of the FolkRoots dulcimers since the early 1970s, and this larger body gives these instruments a big, mellow, guitar-like tone quality.  Here's an article that discusses Kentucky style dulcimers versus California style dulcimers.

If you choose the MaxDAD®option, you don't have choices for string setup or fretboard width - the Folkcraft MaxDAD has a 2 1/4" wide fretboard, and is set up with 5 strings. Plus, the MaxDAD head has five tuners, not four!

Each of our handmade dulcimers comes with our best soft carrying case, made here in the Folkcraft workshop. Our rigid case, which offers more protection, is available for an upcharge. Strap buttons are also included.

There are a lot of options to choose when designing an instrument for us to make for you. We have a reference/resource page here, and you're always welcome to contact us for help and guidance in making great choices.

Please allow us three to four months for shipping on your custom-built instrument.

Customer Reviews

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Jerry
Beautiful sound and construction

The dulcimer exceeded my expectations. It has a wonderful mellow sound and I am so pleased with the construction and looks of the instrument. Every time I see it I want to pick it up and play it. The 24” VSL is perfect for my ‘older’ hands. I would recommend the California style to anyone due to the mellow, sweet sound. I am so glad I made the decision to purchase from Folkcraft.

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Rick Manley
FolkRoots H Series Mountain Dulcimer

A big shout-out to Richard Ash and his crew. If you are looking to purchase a Mountain Dulcimer you can not go wrong with Folkcraft. I just received mine, a Black Walnut, 27 inch VSL with Gabon Ebony Veneer Fret board and Galax Performance back. This has to be the most gorgeous piece of craftsmanship, of an instrument, that I have seen. The attached picture does not do the instrument justice. This piece of beautiful art was created by luthier Cheyenne Hale. He has a very unique skill capable of producing such a beautiful instrument. Thanks Richard and Cheyenne for building such a fine instrument that will create many new memories for me.

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Bobby Joe Bingham
Review of Folkroots H Series dulcimer with walnut body and butternut top

Let me say with emphasis, this instrument is beautiful to the eye, extremely well crafted and its sweet sound is mesmerizing! I don’t think I could be more pleased. I especially like 26 inch VSL with its sustain. Once I found the “sweet spot,” I’ve enjoyed it even more. When I show it to my friends, they cannot believe how good it looks and how well it projects its beautiful tone. I’m looking forward to learning to utilize the extra frets as I continue my dulcimer journey! Thank you, Richard Ash, and your luthiers for building this instrument for me!

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Carroll Alters
Upgrade

My recent upgrade from a Roosbeck product to my Folkroots instrument has been a pleasant experience. My Folkcraft dulcimer plays as good as it looks! Thanks Richard for making me a quality instrument that looks wonderful!

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Richard Switzer
A DAA Teardrop Dulcimer

The dulcimer has been wonderful to play, with the main point being the 25 inch VSL, which makes it much easier to play the DAA chords. My previous DAA dulcimer had a 28.5 inch VSL, which became more difficult to play as I aged.
In addition, the teardrop body shape, with a Walnut body and Butternut soundboard, has a lovely sound which was enjoyed playing Christmas Carols during the holidays at Assisted Living and Nursing Homes.
It was a pleasure to receive this dulcimer, especially since I had it made for me by Folkcraft Instruments and it has allowed me to play everything I enjoy, including the Hymns and Folk Songs we will start playing again. Having the 1.5 fret installed allows me to make some chords, such as C, F and 7th chords, that occur in some songs. This is not common in DAA dulcimers, but I recommend it.
This has been an excellent experience and I highly recommend Folkcraft Instruments for dulcimers, including DAA dulcimers.