Having built a few standard CBG's and Strummersticks (almost all 3-strings tuned GDg),, I'm intrigued by the idea of a mountain dulcimer.    I'm guessing the lap-style would be to reverse the high-to-low strings and tuning dd-A-D (the twin dd melody strings being at the 'top' of the fretboard, in typical CBG layout).   OR, if I take the Seagull design idea, played more like a typical guitar, go D-A-dd.   Am I on the right track here?

Also, why are the twin strings tuned to the same note (like on dulcimers or mandolins)?  THanks for your insights!

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Wow! Very nice Taff!

Taff - wow!   that's absolutely gorgeous!  Thanks for sharing!

This gives me an idea. What about using a aluminum softball bat or aluminum pipe/large conduit to make a hollow neck? 

Ha ha Craig, always thinking outside the "box" .

I'm not sure of what gains would be made for the effort involved, unless you welded it to an aluminium saucepan Ha Ha.

Cheers Taff

Thanks Jim and Gary.

Taff

That's me, weird thoughts. ;)

You could cut the end off and stuff a block of wood at the end and mount it to a body with screws.

Drill holes through - crossways for acoustic effect. Would need to make the guitar headless and attach a fretboard and nut with a curved base. Tuners behind the bridge. Aluminum gets used a lot on Lap Steel and Pedal Steel guitars.

That's a worthy experiment Paul. I've used PVC pipe for hollow necks before with mixed results.

I recently made a Baritone 3 string out of PVC for the plumbers challenge. It was low in acoustical volume, just not enough vibration through the PVC. Aluminum might fair better, but the small diameter "pipe" could have a low volume output as well. That's why they make Piezo's.  Haha

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