Custom Appalachian Dulcimer #02 96

Completed September, 2011

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This flamed cherry-and-Sitka spruce Appalachian dulcimer boasts an ornate peg box and scroll, Perfection planetary tuners, ebony strum guard, and a hollowed neck for the ultimate in sound.

Construction Photos


The joining of the plates is the first step in construction. The end blocks are attached, and the backstrip is glued in place. The "leaflet" soundholes are cut in the top, and the bracing and center web are glued in.


The neck is roughly shaped on the bandsaw, then refined with chisels and gouges. The ebony fretboard is inlaid, and the top is cut to accommodate the increased sound chamber of the hollowed neck.


The pegbox is dowel-fitted to the body, and the neck is attached. The tail block and pickup are installed. The fretboard is masked off from finish, and the strum guard inlay is cut.


The instrument is finished with nitrocellulose lacquer and set up, ready to play.

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