Now you can make your instrument as basic or as fancy as you see fit, but I tried to pull out all the stops on this to show you the potential there is in constructing this dulcimer.
"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:
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