Your thoughts on Ron Gibsons Kentucky MD

Maryann Lang
Maryann Lang
@maryann-lang
8 years ago
56 posts

Hi Helen:

Got the fever too, huh? :-) I am awaiting a custom Barbara Allen cherry and walnut from Ron Gibson -- should arrive late next week. Although not the Kentucky model I will let you know what I think of the overall quality and sound etc. of theBarbara Allenand will post pics. I ordered mine completely through emails after checking out the sound files and pictures on his website, and I found him to be very good with communicating and answering questions. I gave him a "laundry list" of things I wanted and he gladly accomodated all my requests.He just emailed to update me on the status of my order one week earlier than I expected.Can't wait to see how it turned out!

Maryann

Dan Goad
Dan Goad
@dan-goad
8 years ago
156 posts

I have one of Ron's "Barbara Allen Model" teardrop and like Linda I love it. I have mine set up equaldistant for finger or flat picking.

Ben Ramage
Ben Ramage
@ben-ramage
10 years ago
10 posts

I have a 6 string from Ron. I found him helpful to deal with, the instrument is well made, looks good and plays well.

Helen Seiler
Helen Seiler
@helen-seiler
10 years ago
118 posts
Thanks Dusty that is good to know. I would be ordering from Australia but found Ron helpful via email. He is happy to ship to Oz. Hmmmm might have to set the can opener onto the coin tin. Cheers! Helen

Dusty Turtle said:

Helen, Rob Gibson was one of the people I first considered when I was buying my first dulcimer. In the end I went with someone more local because the idea of buying an instrument over the phone made me nervous. But since then I've heard a lot of great things about his dulcimers, and just a few weeks ago I found a used one at a local music store. I tuned it up and played it for a while. The sound box is a little bigger than most dulcimers, and that gave it a bit of extra volume. My guess is that it was the Jenny Lind model. The action was really nice and intonation exellent. As you say, it also looks really pretty. I was awfully tempted to buy it, but I just depleted my discretionary fund on a baritone dulcimer, so I had to leave this beauty behind.

His prices are reasonable and his instruments are of high quality. He also posts audio files of each dulcimer he makes, so you can tell what they sound like. I don't think you can go wrong with Ron Gibson.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
10 years ago
1,616 posts

Helen, Rob Gibson was one of the people I first considered when I was buying my first dulcimer. In the end I went with someone more local because the idea of buying an instrument over the phone made me nervous. But since then I've heard a lot of great things about his dulcimers, and just a few weeks ago I found a used one at a local music store. I tuned it up and played it for a while. The sound box is a little bigger than most dulcimers, and that gave it a bit of extra volume. My guess is that it was the Jenny Lind model. The action was really nice and intonation exellent. As you say, it also looks really pretty. I was awfully tempted to buy it, but I just depleted my discretionary fund on a baritone dulcimer, so I had to leave this beauty behind.

His prices are reasonable and his instruments are of high quality. He also posts audio files of each dulcimer he makes, so you can tell what they sound like. I don't think you can go wrong with Ron Gibson.




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Helen Seiler
Helen Seiler
@helen-seiler
10 years ago
118 posts
Yeah, my mandolin's head is hovering over the chopping block. Will try and sell the rowing machine first, and maybe a kidney. (He he).

RavenMadd Garcia said:

I'm thinking bout selling some of my guitars ...just to get a better one....lol

RavenMadd Garcia
RavenMadd Garcia
@ravenmadd-garcia
10 years ago
41 posts

I'm thinking bout selling some of my guitars ...just to get a better one....lol

Dana R. McCall
Dana R. McCall
@dana-r-mccall
10 years ago
168 posts

OH NO It's already started.LOL That's the thing about dulcimers, once you got one, you start lookiing for another, and another and another and another.......A friend of mine has a Ron Gibson and loves it. I've never played one so I don't know about the action but his sound good. Warren May make a pretty and a great sounding dulcimer, Modern mountain there are a lot out there. Well a few less since I started collecting.Grin.gif

Helen Seiler
Helen Seiler
@helen-seiler
10 years ago
118 posts
Hello, I ama already looking towards a better and prettier dulcimer than my student model. Was wondering if anyone knows much about the quality and tone of Ron Gibson's Kentucky MD. They sure are pretty.Thanks, Helen
updated by @helen-seiler: 06/09/16 08:21:50PM