Curly Maple Mountain Dulcimer-Electric

Curly Maple Mountain Dulcimer-Electric
Curly Maple Mountain Dulcimer-Electric
Curly Maple Mountain Dulcimer-Electric

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

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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!

Awesome!

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

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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