Stick dulcimer

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Project by Greg posted 01-29-2022 01:15 PM 652 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first musical instrument I’ve made. I don’t play but trying to learn. I bought the templates for it at an auction. I plan on making a couple more. This one has a cherry neck, maple sides, and walnut front/back. I found a company that sells as a kit (search “Strumbly”) from which I was able to get the assembly instructions which took a lot of the guess work out of it. I also used them for the hardware.

-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people

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#1 posted 01-29-2022 01:27 PM

What a fantastic looking instrument Greg! Congratulations on a wonderfully executed project!

-- Andries - South Africa

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#2 posted 01-29-2022 01:50 PM

That’s a beauty! Was it hard to make?

How does it sound?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#3 posted 01-29-2022 01:53 PM

Greg that is a really great looking piece. Nice work.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 01-29-2022 02:15 PM

Nice Job. It should be fun learning how to play it.


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#5 posted 01-29-2022 03:50 PM

Very pretty. Favorited. Nice work.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#6 posted 01-29-2022 04:41 PM

that is a jewel. georgeous!!!! i used to have one. it was made by homer ledford with the lumber from an old school for the deaf in kentucky. takes a little time to learn, but well worth the time.

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#7 posted 01-29-2022 04:45 PM

Thanks for the compliments. Really pretty easy to make. About 15 hrs or so. I would suggest as a first instrument to make.

-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people

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#8 posted 01-29-2022 05:57 PM

Nice work Greg. A pretty little thing for sure. You’re on your way to becoming a luthier! :)

-- Darrel

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#9 posted 01-30-2022 07:08 AM

Nice job does it play like a mountain dulcimer ?and what is the tuning. Mjon

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#10 posted 01-30-2022 10:36 AM

Tuning us DAD. Plays like a guitar/banjo mix (however, I’m not a musician and have an untrained ear). Many examples on YouTube to see and hear them. This particular version can be found by searching Strumbly.

-- Greg - For the benefit and enjoyment of the people

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#11 posted 01-31-2022 03:34 AM

Beautifully done! I’m sure it will be fun learning to play on an instrument you built yourself.

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