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Title: Not a guitar, but...
Post by: eded on October 02, 2017, 10:24:02 PM
From 1996 (when I was making instruments).  Made for a couple's wedding.  It is back for some (minor) repairs and revamping.

A Courting Dulcimer...  top is half cedar, half spruce.  Back and sides (and necks) are maple and cherry.

Ed


Title: Re: Not a guitar, but...
Post by: 247hoopsfan on October 02, 2017, 10:48:31 PM
Wow, that looks nice.   :+1:


Title: Re: Not a guitar, but...
Post by: Barefoot Rob on October 02, 2017, 11:32:53 PM
Been wanting to get one for fun but......



Are you still building?


Title: Re: Not a guitar, but...
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on October 03, 2017, 02:26:03 AM
Nice.  So what is the story behind a "courting" dulcimer?  Never saw one before.  I made a regular style mountain dulcimer with walnut back and sides and sitka top a couple of years ago.  I don't have pics but I will take some tomorrow and post.

Is that your label on the back?

Cheers


Title: Re: Not a guitar, but...
Post by: eded on October 03, 2017, 02:59:41 AM
Courting dulcimers were (way back, when they were relevant) made for young couples who were courting... duh.  Lol!  The idea was, this young couple would sit facing each other and play duets.  As long as they continued to produce music, there was no hanky panky going on and they could be left alone.  Originally, the female side had 3 strings, the melody string was single, not paired.  Being modern and enlightened, I figured that was outdated, so both have the doubled melody strings.   If you can find a couple dedicated enough to a dulcimer duet, it can be a beautiful thing.  I bet that was easier before the days of smart phones. Lol

And, yeah my label.  EdStruments was my “brand”. 

Ed


Title: Re: Not a guitar, but...
Post by: eded on October 03, 2017, 03:33:35 AM
Been wanting to get one for fun but......

They are fun.  For a couple years, I was making dulcimers that played like a uke, or guitar.  Martin. Seagull, and others make similar things...  they are droney (almost sitar-ish) things for me.  Pick a rhythm and go.


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Are you still building?

Other things got in the way.  If it's mine or friends, I'll do (limited) repairs/setups/mods.

Ed