I was never much for playing traditional dulcimer songs, and I felt "held back" by the diatonic fretting, that is why it is fretted like a normal guitar.
So for the sake of not being long-winded in the "Title" this build is really a Left-Handed Six-String Electric Chromatic Dulcimer. But you can choose to do however many strings, fretting, or spacing you would like to. I encourage variation!
This Instructable may seem a little tough but as long as you can be patient and accurate, it's pretty easy.
This was a really fun project, and my first Instructable! ENJOY!!!
Step 1: Supplies and Tools
"Stock" lumber from local Lowes or Home Depot (I used Lowes because it was closer)
Neck - 1/2"x2"x4' Oak
Headstock - 1/4"x4"x2' Oak
Fretboard - 1/4"x2"x4' Poplar
Fretdots - 1/4"x2' Oak Dowel Rod (optional)
Note: Save all the extra cut offs from the build you'll use them variously throughout.
Make sure your lumber is as straight as possible and is free of knots. Remember accuracy is key.
Cigar Box from local smoke shop (mine is 7.25"x10"x2")
Nut made from material of choice
Strings: 2x-22w, 2x-14, 2x-12 gauge
1/8" metal rod ( local hobby store)
Pickup with electronics EQ-7545R
Box Hardware (local hobby store)
Thick craft paint
Note: Some great places to get cheap instrument hardware are:
http://www.gadgettown.com/Musical-Instruments/ ( FREE SHIPPING!!! )