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Standard Yellow Cedar top Standard models available 6-7 months from Etsy Other woods available to order.
Occasionally I have one-off models in stock or part made, please enquire through email or Etsy. prices start from £550 without a case, £750-£850 with a case plus shipping. Pickup possible as is a solid body or cigar box electric.
Yellow Cedar, Red Cedar and Spruce tops are in stock, I have small amounts of recycled Mango Wood, Acacia, and old mahogany boards plus native timbers like Maple and Plum and Walnut. Moving gradually away from exotic timbers but open to suggestions.
optional extra, Cases are handmade to fit, simple oblong, rectangular of deluxe rounded when available.
These instruments are simply called the descriptive name Stick Dulcimers, following my usage since circa 2002 on the internet with the intention for a copyright/trademark free Generic name that anyone can use and group together the array of different makers instruments that follow the same fingerboard and tunings. with no branding issues.
example: We might say that these here are Michael J King Stick Dulcimers. If someone makes their own to this design it's a Joe Smith Stick Dulcimer, trademarked instruments like for example Mcnally strumstick is in the Stick Dulcimer family umbrella as are merlin Seagulls, picking sticks, and Dulcimer guitars etc. etc.
Each of these Instruments is constructed in the same way as a fine mandolin with internal linings and A-style bracing. New models have increased headstock angle, thicker fingerboards, one-piece body/necks, zero frets, bone nut, heavy brass tailpiece made in Nottingham UK, Complete with handmade shell case lined with Velvet.
I pride myself on my hand-carved neck that has the profile of a violin, comfortable and familiar with the feel of a guitar with a tone beyond the size of the instrument. Warmer sounding Yellow cedar and Sapele mahogany is now standard on these, (Maple and spruce or cedar and walnut still available as a custom order)
My current standard models do not have binding, Top bindings are still an option to have on custom models,
Fingerboard woods are changing due to CITES laws and exporting. Chacate Preto is my current timber. Alternatives like Dark Eucalyptus, Blackwood tek and Roasted maple are other darkwood options. Walnut or maple are other options,
Other woods may be dependent on what is legally available to export. Native US woods or native European woods usually are fine.
I did a batch of Model 1's in 2017-18 from one piece of Sapele wood, with the sides bent on a bending iron making a seamless transition from neck to body. I also do this model with laminated sides now which are very robust and better weighted in the hand.
These 22" scale models are available to order with a handmade rounded end case as shown. Longer models are suitable for my rectangular cases.
Sapele has an amazing tap tone, its density being closer to older Brazilian mahogany and sound in tap tone.
Yellow Alaskan Cedar is my Soundboard wood now of choice for these instruments, it's harder and stiffer than red cedar with a nice mellow sound that matures well with playing. Swiss Spruce, Red Cedar Redwood, mahogany, willow, Acacia are among other soundboard options.
New model, 560mm (22") scale in D or G tuning
easier to play, shorter stretches.
side dots now as standard and front Position markers fitted if required.
My standard scale length is 560mm (22") for D (or G : ( No binding) made to order, usually 3-4 months most of the year.
Model 2017 Yellow Cedar Soundboard, Sapele top back and sides and neck, dark Chacote Preto fingerboard, brass tailpiece £750
If you order through my etsy shop message me what colour lining fabric for the case you would like made.
New shell rounded cases for standard models, available with antique paint, textured paint finish. (Bookcloth an option too but less rugged)
Extras: Electric K&K pickup and custom brass jack socket tailpiece £100
Binding to soundboard, add £100
If you dont need a case then you can subtract £250 from the prices
Longer scale length 650mm D, A tuning available to order +£100
Delivery/Shipping USA/Worldwide £50
Custom tonewood, incl Local fruitwood(apple, cherry) African Olive, Ebony, Ziracote, and others £POA Non CITES timbers for export reasons
Other wood choices are available.
The electric acoustic option now has a K&K pickup inside
Small numbers made each year, email if you are interested in commissioning one!
Custom made Brass tailpieces +£50
alternative sapele- mahogany
Custom Primavera wood
Custom Mango wood
Custom baritone model in Cherry
Old pictures below this point, will be archived on the new website!
Owen has been playing one of my stick Dulcimers since the spring of 2003, probably the most travelled Dulcimer I have made!
He has a MYSPACE.com site which has tune samples of the famous
"The first interval of the night was upon us. Yes, we had two intervals tonight. Then it was the open mic spot, which tonight was filled by the wonderfully named Owen Niblock. Owen came on stage carrying a very odd instrument, which after much research I have discovered is called a dulcimer. Owen performed a song about frog skimming and told us some laidback anecdotes. Truth be told, it wasn't particularly amusing but the dulcimer kept us entertained, if only as most people were wondering what on earth it was."
Quote taken from here
Owens instrument in its case (It has a pau rosa fingerboard )
Old pictures from 2003-2005
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