Stick Dulcimer

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Project by Rick M. posted 08-31-2014 09:14 PM 1925 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Update: My daughter playing the dulcitar

I don’t play guitar but I love making things, especially noisemakers. The process for building cigar box guitar (CBG) type instruments is well known and covered extensively on the web but achieving a highly playable instrument can sometimes take a little practice. This is my third and definitely best, stringed instrument. My daughter plays and she makes this thing sound fantastic. Notice the string configuration.

Bering cigar box
Honduran mahogany
Macassar Ebony
Fret wire and tuning heads from CB Gitty
D’Addario dulcimer strings


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#1 posted 08-31-2014 10:28 PM

Looks great. I made a cigar box uke for my grandpa. He said it stays in tune better than any instrument he’s ever had, so I guess I did something right. I had a lot of fun doing mine and it sounds like you did too.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 10:33 PM

Really cool Rick!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 10:48 PM

Very cool!

I’ve got two cigar boxes that I bought for the purpose of making guitars out of them. I haven’t gotten any farther, though. Do you know of any literature on making CBG’s? Or should I stick to YouTube and Google? I play guitar, personally, so I am really looking forward to be able to build one.

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 12:38 AM

Very nice.. On my visit to the Ozark Folk Center, I met this guy who made a one string instrument and he played a wonderful blues music with it.. It blew me away that one sting on a stick of wood could make such a beautiful melody… He said he learned it on YouTube.. Go figure.


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#6 posted 09-01-2014 02:07 AM

That is really cool. Great job

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#7 posted 09-01-2014 03:04 AM

Very well done. I see some great detail work in it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 09-01-2014 04:56 AM

In retrospect I would change 2 things off the bat. First I would inlay the headstock, and second I would have decorated the box. But this project had sat around for awhile about 90% finished and one day I decided to knock it out and move on. When the time comes for a string change, I might go back and do some more work. For one, I need to turn the tuners around. Somehow I put them on the wrong way and didn’t notice because my daughter strung it up.

Added a picture of the whole thing.


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#9 posted 09-05-2014 04:20 AM

Update with video of my daughter playing.


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