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FolkRoots® D Series Dulcimer (MaxDAD - Standard/Bass Hybrid), Walnut Body, Walnut Top

Item Number 90704232

Regular price $1,195.00


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Woods used
Back, sides, fretboard, head: black walnut
Top: butternut
More information about wood can be found here.

String setup
Five strings, .012, .015, .024RW, .032RW, .054RW
Standard/Bass hybrid: DADAD tuning

VSL (scale length): 27"
Fretboard width: 2 1/4"
Side height: 2 1/4"
Body: 30" x 8 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Overall: 37 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 3 1/4"
This dulcimer has our California-style body.

Nut, bridge, frets
Diatonic fret pattern (more information about 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, chrome finish

Also included
Strap buttons
Padded case with shoulder strap

Jim Ash

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Customer Reviews

Based on 71 reviews
Gerald Sahr
My new dulcimer

I'm not a musician and I can't read music only play songs that I know the how they sound and I do enjoy my new dulcimer

Melissa Bogolubov
Older Folkroots D dulcimer

Folkcraft made me a gorgeous mahogany/spruce Folkroots D dulcimer years ago. It has held up great, even through multiple apartment moves, one of them cross-country. It plays beautifully, and is a joy to learn with (there’s always more to learn). I have a 25” VSL, so my dulcimer is pretty lightweight, and travels well. I didn’t try my Fishman pickup for years (didn’t feel confident), but the pickup works great, even with amp modeling software. Currently planning another (fully chromatic) dulcimer purchase. There’s a ton of options, so it’s difficult to pick and choose.

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.

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.

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!