Mongolian Horse Fiddle inspired Dulcimer

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Project by solardave posted 01-16-2013 10:00 PM 1295 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dulcimer’s shape & style was inspired by the Mongolian Horse Fiddle.

I don’t know why I was inspired to make this, it just needed to be… Even though I bastardised the Mongolian National Instrument by turning it into a dulcimer, I hope I paid tribute to the Asian design & look, with an Appalachian via Florida twist. The head is carved out of pine, with a poplar neck & peg head box. Dulcimer fretted with a 24 3/4” scale. Home made rod piezo bridge with bone saddle & bone nut. Box has pine sides with 1/8” birch ply top & back. A 3/4 size fiddle tailpiece with fine adjusters rounds out the package. I sprayed a subtle black burst on the edges & accented the shape with a single gold stripe front & back. I hope you like it, I think its cool…

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 10:16 PM

Sweet looking instrument David !!!!! luv the capped peghead !!

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 10:43 PM

Very cool design and a good build.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 10:44 PM

What’s the tuning?


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#4 posted 01-17-2013 12:19 AM

Thanks guys, It’s tuned DAD with a paired melody string. This ones a lefty, but without a volume knob, it’s hard to tell.

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 02:43 PM


-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 02:53 PM

Great looking instrument! Love the details specially the carved horse.


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