Roosebeck 4 String Grace Mountain Dulcimer featuring a Vaulted Fretboard, Spruce Soundboard and Knotwork Openings.
As one of the most recent additions to our Roosebeck Mountain Dulcimer line, this Grace model has many great features! Its vaulted fretboard makes it lighter and as a result there is more soundboard vibration and excellent sound quality. It has an hourglass shape and its body, neck, nut, bridge and fretboard are solid sheesham. Its tail piece has a silver color and is shaped like a crown. The soundboard is spruce and has a charming rosewood skirt design on both ends, as well as 4 of the classic knotwork openings.
This model also features 4 mechanical geared right angle tuners with a 14:1 ratio and has 4 strings, including 2 melody strings, 1 middle string and 1 bass drone string. Many tunings will work, but we recommend the traditional DAD method to make it easy to pick up and play.
Traditionally, mountain dulcimers had three, equally spaced, strings: a melody string, a middle string, and a bass string. Later developments created a 4-string dulcimer by changing the string spacing and doubling the melody string. Doubling the melody string created greater volume to the melody line. Contemporary dulcimers, such as ours, include extra notches on the nut to allow more personalized string patterns. The inside doubled melody string can be removed completely to revert to the traditional 3-string set-up; or the inside melody string and the middle string can both be moved over one notch to create an equal spacing between all four strings. Find the set-up that works best for you.
Neck at Nut:
Pick, noter and owner’s guide
The 6 1/2 and 13 1/2 Frets:
This model includes the 6 ½ and 13 ½ frets. Most early dulcimers had a strictly diatonic scale; that is, the frets were placed so as to produce a major scale (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do) with no extra half steps. More recently, dulcimer players have found that the placement of an extra fret between the 6th and 7th frets and between the 13th and 14th frets allows two things; (1) a major scale can be produced starting at another point (on the open string), and (2) most songs containing "accidental" notes can be played. The 6 ½ and 13 ½ frets add versatility.
1.25 inches in width
Neck at Body Joint:
1.25 inches in width
1.25 inches in width, made from sheesham
4 tuning pegs/ levers
18 Metal Frets (Including the 6 ½ and 13 ½ Frets)
Other Item Specifications:
Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Length: 34 Inches
Height: 3 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
SUMMING IT ALL UP:
✓ Strings: 2-Melody, 1-Middle & 1-Bass
✓ Lovely Hourglass Shape
✓ Vaulted Fretboard for More Reactive Sound
✓ Spruce Soundboard, Cream Colored, Straight Grained
✓ Scroll Carved Peg Head with 14:1 Tuners
✓ Stylish Celtic Knotwork Shaped Sound Holes
SPECIAL NOTE - No Warranty on Strings: Manufacturers recommend that you change the strings on your instrument as soon as you receive it. During the long journey to your home the elements affect the strings and may shorten their life expectancy and reduce their sound quality. On occasion, a string may fail during this trip; therefore, it is recommended that you purchase a replacement set of strings and consider changing them as soon as possible. Learning to change strings should be the first lesson learned when embarking on the journey of playing a new instrument.