So I joined another web site all about dulcimers, I really just did it to get a set of plans I wanted. Anyway, I post a question about how small a dulcimer do you all make. I had made one using just a single cigar box so it was pretty small it had 2 strings and it has a sweet sound. The only response I get is some clown telling me I can't really call it a dulcimer if it does not have 3-4 strings because I can't even chord along with 2. I did not even answer although there are many answers worth giving from yes I can chord along to asking him about Galax style playing. The thing is, I do not want to be in any box. No rules opens up a lot of new ideas. So thanks to Shane for doing away with all that BS way back in the beginning. Has this happened to any of you all?
"No rules" has long been a tongue-in-cheek discussion here, with lots of satire. When anyone decides to get serious about something, we just note a significant exception (the "12th fret rule" tends to get a lot of flak). :D
As Gus said above, nothing wrong with people of like-mind getting together in a group... just as long as they don't insist everyone join it. A whole lot of folks here love CBGs because they give us an opportunity to see just how many "rules" we can break. Once one has made a git with 3 strings, a pool cue for a handle and a cardboard box body and it comes out of the amp sounding amazing, rules are pretty much gasping their last breath.
I'm all for "rules" when I'm building Telecaster-style guitars... just as long as some purist doesn't jump down my throat when he finds 5 control knobs, a 5-way switch and flat pickups on it. Les Paul becomes Launch Pad and Gibson... well I think I'll just leave the pricey Gibson as is, thankyewverymuch. I've seen too many ruined "tried to mod" Gibsons to be comfy with that one. :D
If it has a cigar box and strings you shorten with fingers/frets/slide it is very Fred
If it has a cigar box it is almost Fred
if it was made in your home shop it is close enough to Fred
we welcome all!!!