Fun, lightweight, and easy to play, our Wildwood Dulcimer has the rich sound of a mountain dulcimer with just a little bit of banjo twang. The body style of the Wildwood allows it to be played like a guitar instead of the traditional "flat in the lap" position of the mountain dulcimer. The teardrop spruce soundboard with two rosettes stands out in contrast to the long, thin rosewood finger board. Choose between a dark rosewood or a creamy lacewood back. The overall Length is 34 ½”, Width 7 1/8” and Height 2 ¼”.
The Wildwood has four string courses which are loop end strings: a wound string at the top, an unwound center string, and two unwound strings tuned in unison, at the bottom. Many tunings will work, but we recommend the traditional DADD to make it easy to pick up and play. The frets are arranged in a diatonic scale, just like an Appalachian mountain dulcimer, but added is the infamous "6 1/2" fret just below the octave position allowing play in Ionian mode. The Bridge to nut is 24 ½”. The possibilities are many, playing the Wildwood Dulcimer can as easy or as complicated as you care to make it. Explore!
Special Note: The strings put on the instruments in our workshops, while playable, are put through some rigorous testing. They should probably be replaced for improved play-ability, sound quality, and better tuning shortly after you receive the instrument. For your convenience we offer Roosebeck Wildwood Dulcimer strings, and you can order them here.