Only $40.00 away from free shipping
Only $495.00 away from free shipping

Create a Folkcraft account for free rewards! Click HERE

Fret Position Reference Guide For Mountain Dulcimer, Hurdy Gurdy, And Other Diatonic Instruments

Item Number 1340001

Regular price $30.00

Figuring out "where the frets go" is one of the trickiest things about building a lap dulcimer. Our handy reference and fret position guide has detailed charts that show dulcimer fret placement for every scale length from eight inches to thirty-two inches, in eighth-inch increments.

Are you building a traditional diatonic instrument? You're covered! Each chart has twenty-one whole-number frets.

Building a chromatic (or partially-chromatic) instrument? We've included all of the "half-number frets" as well. From the 6 1/2 and 13 1/2, to the 1 1/2 and 8 1/2 frets, all the way to a fully-chromatic instrument.

All charts show the exact locations (to the thousandth of an inch) for the nut, bridge, and thirty-six frets (21 whole-number frets, plus the "half-number" frets). Each dulcimer fret position is identified three ways: 1) inches to previous fret; 2) inches to nut; 3) inches to bridge.

This 208-page book is the ultimate reference for any builder of Appalachian dulcimers. The author of the book is the owner of Folkcraft Instruments, one of the oldest dulcimer-building companies in the world. Folkcraft is renowned for having "true" fretboards, and this set of charts will put your instruments on the path to playing each note in tune.

Don't spend all that time and money building a dulcimer that doesn't play in tune. With this book you'll be able to build the "perfect" dulcimer for your next project, and have an instrument that sounds great!

This book is published by Folkcraft® Instruments, under the Fingers Of Steel® imprint. A fret guide for other string instruments is also available.

The author/compiler of this reference book is Folkcraft owner/luthier Richard Ash.

208 pages. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Teresa Ellis
Fret Spacing Reference book

We have been designing and building custom mountain dulcimers here in western Washington State for about 8 years and am only sorry it took this long to get this handy reference book. It is most helpful to have a column that shows the note name for each fret. The only thing that would have made it better would to have a column for measurements in fractions of inches for those of us that don't have rulers marked in 1,000's.

Don Roy
overall very good

I liked the set up of the spacing charts, with dimensions from fret to fret and nut to each individual fret it makes it easy to keep on track and avoid accumulated error.A little difficult to zero in to dimensions, but with a good rule and a digital caliper, doable. Happy with purchase.

Jon Horton

I ordered fret position book thinking it would really help me out. All measurements are in 100’s of inch. I have yet to find a tape measure that corresponds to these measurements. I do have one in metric so I used Stew Mac’s metric equivalent. Sorry Folkcraft!

Richard L Wooster II
I am super happy with my order

I am considering ordering again soon, I have sent your company info to similar friends hoping they will order you as well.

Carlie Floyd

just what I needed, thanks