6 STRING BUTTERFLY DULCIMER
BY JOELLEN LAPIDUS
The Butterfly Dulcimer was designed for dulcimer artist Kevin Roth. I built two of them. Kevin's dulcimer lives with him in San Diego and the 2nd one, pictured here, is for sale. They are both 6 string dulcimers that can be set up in multiple ways to suit the player.
Kevin's dulcimer is set up with 4 equidistant strings. The bass and melody strings are doubled, with 2 individual middle strings. The bridge is slotted to allow you to set up the dulcimer as a standard 4 string dulcimer: with a single bass, a single middle, and double melody strings. Or it can be set up with the bass, middle and melody strings all doubled. It features a 27.5" fret scale.
The back, sides, peghead and tailpiece are all 40 year old East Indian Rosewood. The top is European Spruce cut from a 45 year old cello block. I've had those woods in my possession since 1971. The inlays feature mother of pearl, blue/green, red, and black abalone, ebony, and semi-precious stone composites. The fingerboard is Honduran Mahogany covered with an ebony overlay. All inlay designs are original, however the peghead butterfly is a rendering of a real butterfly from South America.
The dulcimer comes with the pictured custom hard shell case.
If interested contact me through the website or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
McSpadden Walnut/Redwood 26" Fretscale $545
McSPADDEN CHERRY AND REDWOOD DULCIMER WITH MICARTA FRETBOARD OVERLAY, 26" FRETSCALE AND MOTHER OF PEARL FRET MARKERS
This McSpadden cherry and redwood dulcimer has an exceptional full, clear sound, making it perfect for both strumming and picking. It has the signature McSpadden low smooth action and the smaller 26" fret scale. The elegant matched figured cherry back, black micarta fretboard overlay and mother of pearl fret markers and makes this dulcimer uniquely beautiful.. It comes with the sturdy McSpadden padded case, beginner's book, picks and noter.