Stick Dulcimers 
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Standard Yellow Cedar top Standard models available 4-5 months from Etsy
  Other woods available to order.

Occasionally I have one-off models in stock or part made,  please enquire through email or Etsy.  prices usually from £500 without a case.
new 2017 stick dulcimer
These instruments are simply called Stick Dulcimers as its a copyright/trademark free Generic name that anyone can use that can be used to group together an array of different makers instruments that follow the same fingerboard and tunings. with no branding issues.

Each of these Instruments is constructed in the same way as a fine mandolin with internal linings and A-style bracing.  New models have increased headstock angle, thicker fingerboards, one-piece body/necks, zero frets, bone nut, heavy brass tailpiece made in Nottingham UK, Complete with handmade shell case lined with Velvet.



I pride myself on my hand-carved neck that has the profile of a violin,  comfortable and familiar with the feel of a guitar with a tone beyond the size of the instrument.   Warmer sounding Yellow cedar and Sapele mahogany is now standard on these,   (Maple and spruce or cedar and walnut still available as a custom order) 


My current standard models do not have binding,  Top bindings are still an option to have on custom models, 
Fingerboard woods are changing due to CITES laws and exporting.  Chacate Preto is my current timber.  Alternatives like Dark Eucalyptus, Blackwood tek and Roasted maple are other darkwood options.   Walnut or maple are other options,   

Other woods may be dependent on what is legally available to export.   Native US woods or native European woods usually are fine.  

stick Dulcimer stick pictureshead
I did a batch of Model 1's in 2017-18 from one piece of Sapele wood, with the sides bent on a bending iron making a seamless transition from neck to body.  I also do this model with laminated sides now which are very robust and better weighted in the hand.   

These 22" scale models are available to order with a handmade rounded end case as shown.  Longer models are suitable for my rectangular cases.

Sapele has an amazing tap tone, its density being closer to older Brazilian mahogany and sound in tap tone.  

Yellow Alaskan Cedar is my Soundboard wood now of choice for these instruments, it's harder and stiffer than red cedar with a nice mellow sound that matures well with playing.     Swiss Spruce,   Red Cedar  Redwood,  mahogany, willow,  Acacia are among other soundboard options.

New model, 560mm (22") scale in D or G tuning
easier to play, shorter stretches. 

side dots now as standard and front Position markers fitted if required.

sides, back and front view of stick dulcimer


 My standard scale length is  560mm (22") for D (or G : ( No binding)    made to order,   usually 3-4 months most of the year.  

Model 2017 Yellow Cedar Soundboard, Sapele top back and sides and neck, dark Chacote Preto fingerboard, brass tailpiece     £750 

If you order through my etsy shop message me what colour lining fabric for the case you would like made.   

stick dulcimer in case case dulcimerback of stick dulcimer

back of dulcimeryellow cedarrosette

New shell rounded cases for standard models, available with antique paint,  textured paint finish.  (Bookcloth an option too but less rugged)

stick dulcimer in its case,  2017/2018 model case close upcase

Extras: Electric K&K pickup and custom brass jack socket tailpiece  £100

Binding to soundboard,  add £100

If you dont need a case then you can subtract £250 from the prices

Longer scale length 650mm D, A tuning available to order +£100
Delivery/Shipping USA/Worldwide £50

casecased

Custom tonewood, incl Local fruitwood(apple, cherry) African Olive, Ebony, Ziracote,  and others  £POA    Non CITES timbers for export reasons

Other wood choices are available.

The electric acoustic option now has a K&K pickup inside

Small numbers made each year,  email if you are interested in commissioning one!


Custom made Brass tailpieces +£50

alternative sapele- mahogany



standard mahogany(recycled wood)


close up mahogany stick dulcimerstick
dulcimer neck
Custom Primavera wood 

tailpiece for stick dulcimer

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custom instrument

back of primavera wood

custom order extra deluxe stick DulcimerCustom Mango wood



mango wood stick dulcimermango woodstick dulcimerstick dulcimerCustom baritone model in Cherry


cased dulcimer

Short Scale "Dad" Custom








custom instrument in case
strap for
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deluxe model
stick in maple


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new zero
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old
version with bone nut and no zero fret
case

maple stick




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Owen Niblock

Owen has been playing one of my stick Dulcimers since the spring of 2003, probably the most travelled Dulcimer I have made!
He has a MYSPACE.com site which has tune samples of the famous
"Frog Song" 

owen niblock"The first interval of the night was upon us. Yes, we had two intervals tonight. Then it was the open mic spot, which tonight was filled by the wonderfully named Owen Niblock. Owen came on stage carrying a very odd instrument, which after much research I have discovered is called a dulcimer. Owen performed a song about frog skimming and told us some laidback anecdotes. Truth be told, it wasn't particularly amusing but the dulcimer kept us entertained, if only as most people were wondering what on earth it was."

Quote taken from here 

    

Owens instrument in its case (It has a pau rosa fingerboard )

2003 old Sound samples in gdg tuning:

Steel string 1  /  Steel string 2

Nylon Strung 1Nylon Strung 2

 
Old pictures from 2003-2005
old 2003 Stick dulcimer and rainbow strap


 

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