A Dulcitar is a Guitar that has frets like a Dulcimer. This means that it is easy to play simple melodies with just a little practice, since only the whole notes can be played.

Step 1: Get a Cheap Guitar

I bought this cheap kid's guitar at Wal-Mart. It would not intonate very well and was very quiet. I have also seen cheap guitars at the local Mexican market for under $20. I decided to make mine into a Dulcitar.
<p>how do I get my mom to let me do this? I really want one!!! </p>
many dulcimer players are switching to chromatic dulcimers, so you could leave all the frets, but remove 3 strings. You could also cut new grooves in the nut and bridge and move the first &amp; second strings about 1/8&quot; apart then same with, 3 &amp; 4, and 5 &amp; 6, but still play as 3 stringed. This would add a little extra volume.
Sooo.... I have a question. I feel like a complete ignorant and idiotic fool when I ask this considering the fact that I have been playing the cello for 7-8 year, but does the tuning of a strumstick allow playing songs that are originally composed for something like... lets say a guitar Easily (easily in italics but I don't know how to do that) Because it seems that you can't get to notes if the fret &quot;bars&quot; (i don't know what they are actually called) don't allow you to get to certain notes (I tried to play &quot;you are my sunshine&quot; and there was one note (i don't know if I had it wrong) that I just couldn't get to). If any one can answer my questions, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
One of the problems I see for doing this with a soprano Uke is that its short 12 fret fretboard gets reduced down to about 8 frets (counting the one they call 6 1/2 on mountain dulcimers. This means you don't have the range of notes that you would have on a strumstick or guitar-based dulcitar. But it is still feasible. The other difference is that you want to keep fret 10. When I went to a dulcimer website to figure out (double check) the spacing of frets for a soprano Uke with a 13.625" scale length, it came back with all the values, including one that corresponds to fret 10 on the guitar. I think it has something to do with the odd 6 1/2 fret position of mountain dulcimers. Now, I have to decide if I want to sacrifice my Uke.
If you can do this with a guitar, why not a Ukulele?<br/><br/>A &quot;Dulci-Uke&quot;? Or a &quot;Diatonic-Uke&quot;?<br/><br/>I have an unused cheapy Soprano Uke, so maybe I'll give it a go. <br/><br/>I am planning to tune the diatonic-Uke to C-G-C', since this<br/>tuning is closer to the Uke's original tuning and will place less <br/>stress on the strings and bridge (which has a habit of popping off).<br/><br/>The Soprano Uke has 12 frets, so the frets to remove should be<br/>frets 1, 3, 6, 8, and 10. These happen to be the same as the first<br/>5 frets needing removal from a guitar to make a dulcitar. Removing <br/>these frets, and tuning to C-G-C' should give you the following<br/>notes on your fretboard:<br/><br/>New Fret Numbers: 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | <br/>Melody String (String 1): C' | D' | E' | F' | G' | A<em> | B</em> | C<em></em><br/>Middle String (String 2): G | A | B | C | D | E | F# | G <br/>Bass String (String 3): C | D | E | F | G | A' | B' | C'<br/><br/>So, to my line of thinking, this should work out okay. Do you see<br/>any problems with my thinking?<br/>
I'm sure this would work just fine with a ukelele. In fact, it should actually work with any fretted string instrument (banjo, balalaika, whatever). Of course, what you make up in ease of playability, you lose in versatility. Can't get any of the in-between notes. BTW, I think I'd call your new instrument a "Dulcilele".
Is it a good idea to scallop the space between frets?
I wouldn't. Because frets have been removed the spaces between frets is huge, especially near the head of the dulcitar. Most players usually put their fingers as close to the frets as they can, but even if you don't the sound should be the same.
All sharp notes, yes?
On the two outside strings the notes going up the neck are C D E F G A B C, just like the white keys on a piano. The middle string is tuned to G so going up the neck it plays G A B C D E F# G (a regular G scale). The dulcitar is extremely easy to play even if you have zero musical knowledge. Just strum all three strings while fretting the 3rd string (the one closest to the floor) at various points. You can't really hit a wrong note.
Wow! This opens up some possibilities. That's a stck dulcimer. I have a $25 travel guitar that is a piece of junk. Bet it would make a great dulcimer. ...Bill
great stuff!! i've got lots of crappy kids guitars laying around, and even my 'good' ones are unstrung in different ways with reduced strings and altered tunings.. but i never though of actually REMOVING frets. i've wanted to make a ducli-type instrument for a while, and you've just given me the hints i needed. THANKS!!!!

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