Long Neck Dulcimer

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Project by Andrew Duprey posted 04-14-2012 12:16 AM 3246 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So there I was…in Alabama attending a school for 4 months and needing to do something to occupy my time. I had already made another dulcimer (mountain style in an hourglass shape) and so I decided to make one that looked like an Irish Bozouki…This is the result.

I resawed some cherry for the back and sides to 1/8” and used some 3/4” cherry for the neck and headstock. The fingerboard is walnut and the soundboard is Sitka Spruce with some herringbone inlay. I used some curly maple as edge binding. It sounds pretty good…excellent projection with a good balance of bass and treble.

I hand rubbed with 100% Tung Oil (3x coats) and buffed in beeswax.

-- ~Drew~

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#1 posted 04-14-2012 12:41 AM

You have created a wonderful Dulcimer variation. As long as it sounds wonderful, thats all that matters. Your choice of woods helped the sound. You are definitely a master luther. I always found the hardest part was getting the frets perfect.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#2 posted 04-14-2012 12:42 PM

That’s a very pretty instrument. What’s the tuning on the strings? It looks a little bigger than a standard dulcimer – is it tuned to banjo tunings?

-- Chris, Minneapolis

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#3 posted 04-14-2012 12:53 PM

It’s a beautiful instrument. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 04-14-2012 05:53 PM

Wow! Way to go. I would never have thought of doing a dulcimer in this fashion. Great job, and thanks for sharing.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#5 posted 04-15-2012 01:28 AM

So I sez to myself, “Self, that ain’t no dulcimore, that’s a boozookee.” Then, Lo and behold, it IS a dulcimer!

I really like folks who can think outside the box, ‘specially when it comes to musical instruments. Outstanding job, and outstanding idea. Would love to hear it. Hell, I’d love to have it!!!

Have a good’un


-- rejo55, East Texas

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