Stick Dulcimer/Pickin' Stick fret layout.

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Forum topic by JDMACK posted 04-09-2020 03:38 PM 216 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2020 03:38 PM

Looking for a printable fret board layout for a picking stick that i am building. Does anyone know where I can download one?

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#1 posted 04-09-2020 04:45 PM

One other choice, which adds versatility is an inexpensive electronic tuner. That could include your phone.

I and my buddy built a few dulcimers in my shop. He’s the music guy, I’m the sawdust guy. He had trouble with the fret position calculations and I just asked him why we couldn’t use a piece of fret stock with the back removed to pick the locations?

He tuned the instrument, we slid the fret material under the strings and plucked, moving until the note we need rang true. When it did, we marked the spot and moved to the next.

He’s happy with the results.

To make the test fret, we filed the back, which goes into the neck off. You can make it a bit longer and bend a loop on the end to make it obvious it’s your fret setting tool.

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#2 posted 04-09-2020 05:22 PM

I am not familiar with the stick dulcimer but it looks to be similar to the Canjo. Fret measurements are available here.

My dad brought me one of these years back. Fun to play around with and would be a good starter for kids.

Thanks, George

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#3 posted 04-09-2020 11:32 PM

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#4 posted 04-10-2020 04:59 AM

This is the one I use. It creates a pattern you can print out and glue to a board. Common scale lengths are 25” and 24.75”.

-- Rick M,

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