Folkcraft Custom Series Dulcimer, Baritone, Honduras Mahogany Body, Western Red Cedar Top, Serial Number 20141772

Item number 20141772, Regular price $1,445.00

This is a baritone mountain dulcimer, tuned AEA, set up with three strings. The body is Honduras mahogany, which typically gives a bit of brightness/bite to the tone quality. The top is western red cedar (from British Columbia, Canada) which gives a dulcimer a warm, mellow tone. With the Honduras mahogany/western red cedar combination, this instrument has a great combination of volume and warmth, and a tremendous sustain.

The fretboard veneer is wenge (pronounced WHEN-gay), which is an exotic wood from the southern/western countries of Africa. Wenge is very attractive (dark brown, with lighter streaks), and exceedingly durable. We're making a lot of dulcimers with wenge fingerboard veneers nowadays because the traditional fingerboard veneer, Gabon ebony, is getting very expensive. Wenge is a great low-cost substitute.

The baritone setup can be changed to standard (DAD, regular octave) easily enough - it would require a new nut and bridge, and (of course) much lighter strings.

Listen to the video - you'll appreciate the warmth and sustain this instrument provides. With our 29 1/4" scale length (distance from nut to bridge), this isn't a great instrument for someone with small hands, but it will work amazingly well for players with average size (or larger) hands and fingers.


Dulcimer Specifications

Woods used
     Back, sides, head, fingerboard: Honduras mahogany
     Top: western red cedar
     Fingerboard veneer: wenge

String setup
     Four strings, .014, .014, .022, .034BW
     Baritone, AEA tuning

Dimensions
     VSL (scale length): 29 1/4"
     Fingerboard width: 1 1/2"
     Overall: 37 1/2" x 7 3/4" x 3 1/4"
     Body: 30" x 7 3/4" x 2 1/2"

Nut, bridge, frets
     1.5, 6.5, 8.5, and 13.5 frets included
     Micarta nut and bridge material
     Nickel-silver fret wire, standard size
     Position dots at frets 3, 7 (double), 10, 14 (double)

Options
     Tuning machines: enclosed gear, black finish
     6 mm dots: fret 3, fret 10
     4 mm dots: fret 7 (double), fret 14 (double)

Luthier
     Steve Ash

Also included
     Strap buttons
     Deluxe rigid case with shoulder straps

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.

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