ROOSEBECK MOUNTAIN DULCIMER 5-STRING CUTAWAY UPPER BOUT F-HOLES SCROLLED PEGBOX

  • Strings: 2-Melody, 2-Middle & 1-Bass
  • Narrow Upper Bout Allows Guitar-Style Fingering
  • Vaulted Fret Board For More Reactive Sound
  • Spruce Soundboard, Cream Colored, Straight Grained
  • Scroll Carved Peg Head with 4:1 Tuners
  • Sophisticated F-Shaped Sound Holes
The Cutaway Dulcimer plays the same and sounds the same as a traditional mountain dulcimer. One side, however, is narrower which allows the dulcimer to be played in a "guitar position" in addition to the normal "lap position". Thus the fingering is inverted from normal style. It is kind of a missing link between the traditional mountain dulcimer and our "stick style" Wildwood Dulcimer. The inverted fingerings are a little easier for guitar players but it still produces the rich, full sound of a mountain dulcimer. When you want to play in a traditional style, lay it flat and play it like any other mountain dulcimer.

The solid spruce soundboard features three F-holes. The back, sides, and fret board, are sheesham. The fret board has arches underneath allowing free space between the soundboard and the fret board. The carved scroll peg head features gold colored, geared 4:1 banjo style tuners. Many tunings will work, but we recommend the traditional DAD to make it easy to pick up and play. A pick and noter are included.

Traditionally, mountain dulcimers had three, equally spaced, strings: a melody string, a middle string, and a bass string. Later developments created a 4-string dulcimer by changing the string spacing and doubling the melody string. Doubling the melody string created greater volume to the melody line. Contemporary dulcimers, such as ours, include extra notches on the nut to allow more personalized string patterns. The inside doubled melody string can be removed completely to revert to the traditional 3-string set-up. Or the Inside melody string and the middle string can both be moved over one notch to create an equal spacing between all four strings. Find the set-up that works best for you.

Strings

Special note on strings

There is no warranty on strings. Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings every 3-4 months. It is always a good idea to keep an extra set of stings to replace any that may break. You should always wipe down your strings with a clean dry cloth after use. If you store your instrument, you should consider changing the strings when you pick it up again.

 

The 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 Frets

This model includes the 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 frets. Most early dulcimers had a strictly diatonic scale; that is, the frets were placed so as to produce a major scale (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do) with no extra half steps. More recently, dulcimer players have found that the placement of an extra fret between the 6th and 7th frets and between the 13th and 14th frets allows two things; (1) a major scale can be produced starting at another point (on the open string), and (2) most songs containing "accidental" notes can be played. The 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 frets add versatility. The disadvantage is that it takes a while to get used to the extra frets if you have been playing a dulcimer without it.

 

Weight & Size

Item Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Item Length: 34 Inches
Item Height: 3 Inches
Item Width: 7 Inches
Origin: PK
UPC: 844731039423
Packed Weight: 4 lbs.
Ship Weight: 8 lbs.
Ship Length: 36 Inches
Ship Height: 9 Inches
Ship Width: 5 Inches