Dulcimer Kit

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Easy to build! A simple but rewarding introduction to instrument making, this high quality solid walnut American kit produces a handsome traditional dulcimer with beautiful tone.

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Dulcimer Kit

Item # 0307
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Easy to build! A simple but rewarding introduction to instrument making, this high quality solid walnut American kit produces a handsome traditional dulcimer with beautiful tone.

All the parts are included (strings, pick, geared tuners and instructions, too). You supply the sandpaper, glue and finish. The soundboard and hourglass sides are bookmatched for beauty, and the 26-5/8" scale fingerboard is slotted for fretting. Assembled length: 37-1/2"

Easy finishing options
ColorTone Aerosol Guitar Lacquer is an economical way for the beginner to apply a finish without elaborate setup or equipment. Only a few cans are needed to completely finish your dulcimer. Or try brush-on application with ColorTone Brushing Varnish.

Product Instructions

Dulcimer Kit Instructions

Downloadable instructions for Dulcimer Kits.

Ratings & Reviews

Dulcimer Kit

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Put the kerfing in Stewmac!

By jacksdm from Nashville
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 15, 2015

Good set of wood but.....
Leaving the kerfing out is NOT up to Stewmac's fine standards. I expect a change! I post this for anyone building according to the instructions. My photo show the kit partially completed. The key to building a good first instrument is NOT how it looks, it is how it plays. Put the front on first and make sure you take this measurement AS you install the back. Mine had a definite bow after installing the front. I let a glued back straighten the neck by simply checking and weighting or clamping....Maybe yours is flat BUT KNOW as you put the back on. All frets must touch the straight edge. Also...the instructions are part of the sale....other tools, like clamps and bandsaws help like a lot.

Lots of fun and a nice result

By \N from \N
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 07, 2014

I had an enjoyable few days working on this Dulcimer Kit. It was my first ever instrument build. I did purchase some kerfing and the spruce soundboad as well. I didn't think the instructions were difficult to follow but and I have fairly little woodworking experience. I finisshed it with tung oil. Very easy and practically fool proof. Now if I could just play "I'll Fly Away" like the pros do I'll be happy.


By Dan McCulloch from California
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I would not buy this kit again on a bet. Poor instructions, insufficient bracing, no kerfing, shoddy peghead detail (tearout at edge of scroll required filling). Not remotely satisfied with this kit for the price paid.

Good kit but 1 minor issue

By Jeff Jay from Three Rivers, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 05, 2014

I don't usually buy kits but, as with several other Stewmac kits, I wanted to build some small instruments quickly for a local arts and crafts event that my guitar shop sponsors.
The dulcimer kit went together quickly, though I found that the sides were over bent giving a very narrow waist, so I re-bent them to make the waist wider. I had to change the construction technique a little as I wanted to bind the soundboard and back. Overall this would be a very good kit for a beginner.

Some good, some not

By K A Lebens from Rock port Wa
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 26, 2014

I finished mine and I'm happy with the result but it did take some information that is not in the instructions. I installed kerfing on mine, not in the kit. The string gauges are not given and they don't tell you the order. I measured mine and found two .010s, one .013, and one .023. I found out from the Internet this is standard and followed instructions found online. So the kit will make a nice dulcimer but you either need previous building experience or the ability to research online.

The Dulcimer - a very beautiful instrument

By Lars Esmarch from DK - Denmark
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 06, 2012

It was real fun to build the dulcimer, you just need to take your time and be thorough. It has a very nice sound and if you are captivated by Appalachian music, this dulcimer is really a must. I recommend it highly as the first instrument building project, and I cannot wait to build the next instrument, perhaps a five string open back banjo ? I would love it !

Not very good....

By overmyer346 from Cicero, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 18, 2012

I received my dulcimer kit very quickly. The instructions with the unit are fair to poor. Yes it gives you direction but it is all printed on a 8.5 x 11" paper with small print. Luckily I had purchased a book on how to build a dulcimer and have made several improvements. The kit does not come with Kerf lining to help reinforce the connection around the top and back to the sides. I also placed braces across the inside back to help support it. If I would not of read the book, then I guess I would of built an instrument of very poor quality. Luckily I do my research.

Top quality

By B Botham from Kingston, Ontario, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The entire kit is perfect. Top quality material. I placed the order Sunday at 9pm and the order was in Ontario Monday at 4pm, Stewmac's warehouse must be at the airport (LoL)!

dulcimer kit

By Stan Thomison from Branson, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Nice kit and good sounding dulcimer according to my wife who is a player.

The only thing I was disappointed in was the back plate.

It would be better to have bookmatched plates as the back was as a one piece rather ugly.

I used the bookmatched top for the back and spruce for the top.

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