"In China, I found the guitar strings made here are too short for my 28" VSL dulcimer, so when I was in the States I purchased some mountain dulcimer strings. You can find them at musical instrument stores that also sell mountain dulcimers, or…"
"You should also check out my CBN discussion group "Home Made Resonator Boxes 101, v.2.0" which contains a number of write-ups on other project builds I have done. And, my CBN personal page has some additional information and photos…"
"Hi Again, Randy Burke.
I took some photos of my second mountain dulcimer and have uploaded them for you to look at.
They can be found at this link.
What is unusual about this mountain dulcimer (MD) is that its neck extends almost thru the sound box,…"
"Hi Randy Burks,
I have built a mountain dulcimer and documented it in detail her on CBN. Here's the link. I think you'll find a lot of useful information there, as well as links to some other sites that have information on building…"
"The size of the box has more to do with volume than tone if you're building straight acoustic. Full size dulcimer VSL ranges from about 25 to 28 inches with a few shorter but higher toned dulcimers. IMHO dulcimer building is much like cbg, if…"
"Hey Randy, I've built a couple There fairly simple to build. I don't think it matters much on the box size.
It don't really change the tone from what I've found. Pretty much how you got the fret board and fret spacing…"
"If you look at my page you will see my second build has dulcimer fretting but uses same scale length as a guitar. I find this very useful as you can use as both dulcimer and slide guitar. I use gdg tuning.
I find the fret calculator on the Stewmac…"
Oh my gosh, don't cut the Tulip. It's beautiful. You'd have to have some crusty icy cracked relic to want to saw it up. I thought you had such an animal. I see hope for all of my relics and wouldn't cut them up unless they are hopeless. I do have some such that were stored in too hot of a situation and they folded up like old jack-o-lanterns. I use what parts are still good. I did get my Tulip off ebay today. I was the only bidder and got it for 150. It has two pickups, that's what caught my attention. The Tulip i have has one pup, so this new baby will be interesting.
Just get out the band saw Randy. Hope your old electric deserves such treatment. You could hollow it out and add a nice spruce top to it. I like a thin neck on mine. A tenor guitar screw on neck would be dandy. Or a tenor banjo neck. I'd leave all the frets. I've gone to a full scale. Dulcimer fretting is ok, but i like all the note possibilities. Playing a G and long D strumstick led me to tenor banjo. I tune my tenor banjo the same as my strumsticks. GDG for the short one and DAD for the long stick. Now my grandchildren have my sticks. Your idea of using an electric guitar is a neat idea. I've got some junkers that might like being strumsticks.....
Hey Randy, sounds quite fair for a price. Thanks for offering it. It's a beauty. I've a couple of bids on similar tulips on ebay. It will be a few days before i know. I offered 150 for one and a little less for a different Teisco. We'll see. I know i like my tulip better than anything else i have. She's very sweet.