McSpadden v. Folkcraft?
Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions
A tardy thank you to you all (work's been a little crazy this week). I went on a measuring spree for comparison purposes. I already have a full-length VSL (about 28") and would like to stick with that, both for sustain, and for fret spacing considerations. Really want to go with 1+/8+ but don't want to wind up with too tight a space at 8+ with a shorter VSL. My original cardboard dulcimer has a 26" VSL and when I first built the walnut one, I thought I would surely die with all that space to cover. But my hands have adapted (got a lot stronger and able to stretch when I started playing guitar in the past year!).
Oddly, my fretboard is 1 5/8"! Standard should be fine. I don't have especially large fingers and don't wish to go 4-equidistant. 3 strings are fine with me, with the option to double my melody should the mood strike me.
I have a scroll head, like the look, but would like to go flat for easier string management. Not interested in a pickup, full acoustic is fine with me (not planning to do concerts!).
I like the rich sound of the walnut I have (aside from the frets being a tad less than perfect), would probably do walnut back and sides and perhaps a redwood top for something a bit different than what I have, but still resonant. Jessica's McS has that combo and she says it has a very full, rich tone.
I've ogled both sites, both have just beautiful instruments, for sure. I love the one I built, but the thought of perfectly seated frets and a few more features is pretty tempting.