Curly Maple Mountain Dulcimer-Electric

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Very nice John. The pre amp sounds fantastic with that pickup and amp combo. Great job. I really like the choice of wood, you have great skills. Did you press the frets in yourself? It looks like they are flat, I don’t know much about dulcimers tho, do any have curved radiused fretboards? I have made a number of curved radius pressing tools that simply fit into the chuck of a drill press and when you pull down they force the frets into the groves cut into the fretboard wood. I will get a pic posted of one.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

-- Losing fingers since 1969

Morning Thorreain, and Brian. Thanks for the posts. Regarding the frets on my dulcimers, I have a system where I use a weighted rubber hammer to seat the frets. They are flat, not radiused like the guitar fret-boards. I usually use walnut or cherry for my fret-boards because they are dense, and polish well. For special orders, I have used rosewood, maple, and ebony for the finger-board layers.

-- John R Ferguson

Very Nice work.

-- John R Ferguson

Here’s a pic of one of the three homemade tools I use to press frets into a radiused fretboard. This is Purple Heart but turned brown after a few years. It works better than hammering I believe.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Great idea! I’m doing a fret-board this morning and will give this a try. Mine will be flat rather than curved. Thanks…

-- John R Ferguson

This is a beautiful dulcimer great job.
Super tip Thorreian

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Mountain Dulcimer I made with Curly Maple sound-board, and Cherry body. Also has on-board electric pre-amp and pickup. VIDEO

-- John R Ferguson