Amburgey and Ledford

Curtis Carlisle Bouterse
07/01/21 03:31:46PM

It is well known that Homer Ledford learned to make dulcimers from Jethro Amburgey and, even in his late instruments one can see the influences but, in this early example, likely from the 1950s, they are kissing cousins. The slender shape, the staple frets, the untapered scroll, the end block and post, the proximal and distal tabs, the inscribed lines, are all tributes to his mentor. This instrument was likely one of the first 100 he made, unnumbered and undated; it is signed in pencil on the inside, "Made by/ Homer C. Ledford/ Winchester, KY"