Hi Goardo, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.
Hello, and thank you. A lot of the questions I have may relate to other fretted instruments as well. I'm new to instrument construction and I have never played a stringed instrument before so my knowledge is very limited. Some of the main things I am curious about have to do with the sound box. Like does the shape or position of the hole make a big difference in the sound? I attached a photo of the two I have made after following along with some you tube videos and kind of winging it/ figuring it out.
Hey Goardo, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Welcome Goardo to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. KenL has given you good information. Be sure to ask if you have other questions.
Welcome to FOTMD Goardo. There are a few people here who build what you call "stick dulcimers" although by definition those instruments are not dulcimers at all. They are lutes with diatonic fret boards which is the only thing strum sticks and dulcimers have in common. You can do a search for stick dulcimers or strum sticks and see what comes up here. I look forward to meeting you in our discussions.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."