Item number 20141772,
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.
Product Specifications Instrument type: four string hourglass dulcimer Head type: traditional flat head Fingerboard width: 1 1/2" Scale length: 29 1/4" Tone holes: seahorse "F"
Dimensions Overall: 37 1/2" x 7 3/4" x 3 1/4" Body: 30" x 7 3/4" x 2 1/2"
Woods Body type: high volume FolkRoots hourglass Back: Honduras mahogany Sides: Honduras mahogany Soundboard: western red cedar Fingerboard: Honduras mahogany Fingerboard veneer: wenge Head: Honduras mahogany Flat head veneer: wenge Center inlay strip on back: wenge Heel cap: wenge
Hardware Tuning machines: enclosed gear, black finish Nut and bridge stock: Micarta Strap buttons: black finish Fret dots: mother of pearl
Other Options Body finish: lacquer Fingerboard finish: wax Fret configuration: standard (additional at 1 1/2, 6 1/2, 8 1/2, 13 1/2) 6 mm dots: fret 3, fret 10 4 mm dots: fret 7 (double), fret 14 (double)
Included extras 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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