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              Stick Dulcimers 2017 model
(scroll down for new pricing, pictures and videos )
Cedar&Sapele models available 3-4 months from etsy

custom order extra deluxe stick DulcimerEach of these Instruments are constructed in the same way as a fine mandolin with internal linings and A-style bracing.

I pride myself on my hand carved neck the that have the profile of a violin,  feel of a guitar with tone beyond the size of the instrument.

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 brand issues.

My model 1's are the simplest with no top binding,   my more expensive models have binding to the soundboard.   i do not bind the backs of these instruments anymore,
it makes repair/adding a pickup in the future easiliy possible.

From 2017 my Model 1's will be created from one piece of wood, with the sides bent on a bending iron making a seamless transition from neck to body.  

Yellow Alaskan Cedar is my Soundboard wood now of choice for these instruments,  its harder and stiffer  than red cedar  but still has a nice mellow sound. 

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

optional position markers if required.  
stick gdg

 My standard scale length is  560mm (22") for D(or G : ( No binding on model 1's)

Model 1 Yellow Cedar Soundboard, Sapele top back and sides and neck, dark Chacote Preto fingerboard, brass tailpiece     £450 with case 
Model 1M all sapele top back and sides, dark Chacote Preto fingerboard
case included  £500

Model 2 Yellow cedar, bound top,  sapele back and sides dark Chacote Preto fingerboard 
case included  £550

Model 2W  Yellow Cedar top, Walnut back and sides dark Chacote Preto fingerboard    case included £600

Model 2MG Mango wood model, back and sides yellow cedar top and Cherry neck, dark Chacote Preto fingerboard  custom brass tailpiece   £650

Model 3FM
  Spruce or cedar topped, top bound figured Maple model, incl hard case spruce top bound   custom brass tailpiece  with case   £650

Model 3SB
Spruce/cedar topped, top bound figured Maple model, sunburst finish, incl hard case spruce top bound custom brass tailpiece     £650

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

If you dont need a case then you can subtract £100 from the prices

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

Custom tonewood, incl African Olive, Ebony, Ziracote,  and others  £POA

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 now standard

tailpiece for stick dulcimer

Standard mahogany

standard mahogany(recycled wood)

close up mahogany stick dulcimerstick
dulcimer neck
Custom Primavera wood

stick dulcimercased
custom instrument

back of primavera wood

Custom 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
deluxe model
stick in maple

new zero
version with bone nut and no zero fret

maple stick

back of dulcimer


new model 2011


cased gdg instrument

maple stick

dulcimer standardOwen 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 site which has tune samples of the famous
"Frog Song"  You can access ithere:

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 BTW)

Alternative Sound samples in gdg tuning:

Steel string 1  /  Steel string 2

Nylon Strung 1Nylon Strung 2

Old pictures from 2003-2005
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