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Matt Berg

Number and Size of Sound Holes

The standard dulcimer has four sound holes.  As some of you know, I experiment with many different configurations.  If any of you have tried...
@Matt Berg started 5 days ago - replies: 6

Building Dulcimers Cheap

Hey all, when I first started building dulcimers it was a very inexpensive process. Tied on fishing line frets, eyehole screws for tuners, anything...
@NateBuildsToys started 6 months ago - replies: 5

To vault or not to vault.

   I am still working on the six dulcimers and I am curious.  The ones I have made in the past have had a channel grooved in the bottom.  I have...
@Don started 2 months ago - replies: 11

Latest build: Electric dulcimer with hum bucker pickup

Just finished my first electric dulcimer. I had some extra parts and thought "Why not"? It is a 23 inch scale with 1+, 8+, 6+, and 13+ frets. I...
@Shelton started 4 weeks ago - replies: 2
Ken Longfield

T - 6

This is my sixth teardrop dulcimer. The shape comes from plans by Scott Antes and the peg head from a Popular Woodworking article. Many years ago...
@Ken Longfield started 3 months ago - replies: 12
Collier Frederick

New Professional Model Overview

I wanted to post this overview first and foremost to give members of this site ideas and potentially inspire builders to try new designs as I was...
@Collier Frederick started one month ago - replies: 4

Building the Celtic Strum

The strum stick, or stick dulcimer, is the kissing cousin of the mountain dulcimer. I have been thinking of building one for some time. I...
@tukanu started 5 months ago - replies: 14

Unidentified MD

Hi this is on EBay in the UK. Is anyone able to hazard a guess as to the maker? thanks eric
@Banjostray started one month ago - replies: 6
John Dunn

Creating a triangular mountain dulcimer -seeking help

G'Day all. In a posting on Pinterest  “Lumberjocks” briefly illustrates a simple triangular mountain dulcimer he made for his wife, based upon  2...
@John Dunn started 2 months ago - replies: 4
Dale A Penrose


I was gifted several short (4 foot) persimmon logs around 24 inches in diameter. Several hours later, a couple chain saw blades, I now have...
@Dale A Penrose started 2 months ago - replies: 4

Need some helpful advice on fret markers

I have been building stringed musical instruments since 1976.  I was building dulcimers before 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 became a "thing".  I was going to...
@Don started 2 months ago - replies: 20

Building the stick banjo...what is the correct name?

I'm waiting for some part before I can finish this stick banjo. It has a 21" scale for GDG tuning. Walnut rim, mahogany neck, and torrefied spruce...
@tukanu started 4 months ago - replies: 12
Matt Berg

Leveling a Fretboard

I have two nice pieces of 1X2 quarter-sawn maple to make fretboards.  Problem is they have about a 1/16" bend in the middle.  So here is the...
@Matt Berg started 4 months ago - replies: 4
Matt Berg

End Joints

Interesting youtube look at whether or not end joints are the weakest.
@Matt Berg started 4 months ago - replies: 4

Solid Body Bass Dulcimer

We are back in Covid lock down in Auckland, New Zealand and building the above gave me a project to tackle. Built from a kauri floor joist,...
@Hobbyhorse started 5 months ago - replies: 5

Music stand ..... a dulcimer accessory

I built the top section as a desk mounted music stand some months ago and with the lock down time on my hands, I finally got around to making a...
@Hobbyhorse started 2 years ago - replies: 12

String Gauge and Intonation

Hello all. Am I correct in assuming that the reason for compensating bridges is due to the thickness of the strings? Should I compensate the bridge...
@NateBuildsToys started 4 months ago - replies: 2

Sympathetic Strings

What do the wise and knowledgeable luthiers of FOTMD think about sympathetic strings? I learned that several of the instruments closely related to...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 years ago - replies: 33

Fret Placement on Chromatic Dulcimer?

Hello all! It has been tons of fun building and learning to play diatonic dulcimers, but part of me feels that it would be useful to try to learn...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 years ago - replies: 12

Protecting the interior of a dulcimer

Hello all I was just wondering if it is common for builders to apply any kind of protectant to the interior of their instrument before gluing it...
@NateBuildsToys started 2 years ago - replies: 6
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