Fun, lightweight, and easy to play, our Trail Dulcimer has the rich sound of a mountain dulcimer with just a little bit of banjo twang. The body style of the Trail Dulcimer allows it to be played like a guitar instead of the traditional "flat in the lap" position of the mountain dulcimer. With a spruce soundboard over a carved lacewood body, the Trail Dulcimer produces a lot of volume for such a compact instrument.
The Trail Dulcimer has three string courses: a wound string at the top, a plain center string, and a plain string at the bottom. Many tunings will work, but we recommend the G3 D4 G4 to make it easy to pick up and play. The frets are arranged in a diatonic scale, just like an Appalachian mountain dulcimer. The possibilities are many; playing the Trail Dulcimer can be as easy or as complicated as your care to make it. Explore!
Special Note: The strings put on the instruments in our workshop, 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. We recommend using Roosebeck branded strings.