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Mongolian Horse Fiddle inspired Dulcimer

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Project by solardave posted 558 days ago 806 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YipiNQ0sLQc

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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mountain934

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#1 posted 558 days ago

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

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#2 posted 558 days ago

Very cool design and a good build.

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#3 posted 558 days ago

What’s the tuning?

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solardave

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#4 posted 558 days ago

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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Rob W

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#5 posted 557 days ago

Nice!

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#6 posted 557 days ago

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

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