Folk Roots standard mahogany for sale $375

Jill Geary
Jill Geary
2 weeks ago
34 posts

Price has been reduced to $375. (I don't know how to modify the ad or the ad title.) Thank you!

Jill Geary
Jill Geary
one month ago
34 posts

(Selling for a dear dulcimer-playing friend.)

Label says “Folk Roots Dulcimers USA by Ruggs & Jackel.” D400 – S and underneath that is 077. (D= deep body and S = Spruce top I believe.)

Built in 1977, hourglass shape, standard size, in very good condition; no scratches or cracks – just minimal normal wear.

Deep-body build, possibly built while they were part of CapriTaurus.

This might be a laminated build as they began solid wood builds in 1979

Sounds full, deep and fantastic

Back and sides are probably mahogany with a reddish tint – top is likely spruce based upon the inside label

Fretboard looks like mahogany

It does have the 6 ½ fret but no 13 ½ fret.

VSL (scale length) is 29.”  The longer scale gives it higher string tension, resulting in great balance and good projection. I have small hands and find the fretting actually easy.

4 chrome enclosed tuners believed to be Grovers; currently strung as a 3-string (uses ball-end strings).

2 chrome strap buttons

Length overall is 36,” lower bout = 7 ¾” wide, upper bout is 5 ½” wide, nut is 1 3/8” wide.

Sides are a little less than 2.5” deep. Weighs about 2 ½ pounds – it’s really very lightweight

No case, but a chipboard case can be included for an additional $40


This is the classic large-bodied design which originated in the 1960s. This may be a part of the West Coast dulcimer history! Asking $375 + shipping. 48 hour approval – refund of the purchase price if the dulcimer isn’t as expected (less all shipping costs).  


Located in San Diego. More pictures available. Thanks for looking!