Ron Gibson Mountain Dulcimers

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Ron Gibson Dulcimer Strings

There is nothing more frustrating than breaking a string - and not having a replacement! Always keep a couple of spare sets....

Most pre-packaged Mountain Dulcimer strings contain a nickel wound bass string. But as experienced musicians know, nickel wound strings are for electric guitars - not acoustic instruments. My dulcimer strings use only phosphor bronze wound strings for a crisp, clean, true acoustic sound.

Each package contains two full sets of dulcimer strings.

Dulcimer strings

4-String Dulcimers

Regular Gauge
(12, 12, 14, 24W)

Price: $9.50

Note: These are loop end strings.

Dulcimer strings

4-String Dulcimers

Mixolydian (DAD)
(10, 10, 14, 24W)

Price: $9.50

Note: These are loop end strings.

Dulcimer strings

4-String Dulcimers

Ionian (DAA)
(12, 12, 12, 24W)

Price: $9.50

Note: These are loop end strings.

Dulcimer strings

4-String Dulcimers

X-tra Lite Gauge
(10, 10, 12, 22W)

Price: $9.50

Note: These are loop end strings.

Dulcimer strings

6-String Dulcimers

Regular Gauge
(12, 12, 14, 14, 10, 24W)

Price: $12.50

Note: These are loop end strings.

Dulcimer strings

6-String Dulcimers

Mixolydian (DAD)
(10, 10, 14, 14, 10, 24W)

Price: $12.50

Note: These are loop end strings.

Dulcimer strings

4-String Baritone

Regular Gauge
(14, 14, 24W, 32W)

Price: $12.50

Note: These are loop end strings.

Dulcimer strings

6-String Baritone

Regular Gauge
(14, 14, 24, 24, 14, 32W)

Price: $16.50

Note: These are loop end strings.


Mountain Dulcimer Cases

Case HS-1

This top of the line padded, hardshell case offers the best protection for your dulcimer. Laminated, 3 ply, wood shell with Durahyde exterior, steel reinforced joints, heavy duty brass hardware, comfort grip handle, brass skids on bottom. Plush 1" thick inner padding. This case will hold a dulcimer up to 7¼" wide and 37" long.

Note: For Florida & destinations west of the Mississippi River shipping cost plus my original cost sometimes exceed the selling price when shipping alone.  Feel free to contact me for exact costs before ordering if you live in one of these areas.

Price $138

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Case MD-3

This is a rugged "gig-bag" style case with heavy canvas constrution and a plush inner liner. The interior dimensions are 39" length and 9" width. It accommodates a dulcimer with a total depth 3¾". This case has sidewalls and a more plush interior than the MD-2 cases. It has a large pocket to hold books, strings, etc, as well as a sturdy handle and strap for carring your dlcimer on your back.

Price $54

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Case MD-4 Double Case

These days nearly everyone has at least two dulcimers. This is the same well padded, rugged case as the MD-3 only it holds two dulcimers. This is very convienient and a lot cheaper than buying two individual cases. It is great for taking dulcimers to festivals, jam sessions, vacations or anyplace where you might want to carry more than one dulcimer.  It is also great for storing your dulcimers when not playing.

Price $89

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Case MD-2

These black padded cases are made of heavy-duty, canvas type nylon with a soft inner lining, a sturdy nylon handle, shoulder strap, and a large-sized zippered pocket to keep tuners, picks, books, etc. The interior dimensions of the case are 40" length and 10½" width so it should easily accomodate and normal sized dulcimer.

Price $44

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Chromatic Tuners

One of the hardest things about learning to play an instrument is learning how to tune it. An electronic tuner takes the guesswork out of tuning. Just pluck a string and the screen displays the note ( for instance "A") and the needle moves left or right to show if the string's pitch is too low or high. Then turn the dulcimer tuning key until the needle points straight up and the green "in tune" indicator light illuminates. An electronic tuner is so convenient that I know of no serious musicians who do not own at least one - and they are so helpful for beginners I wonder how we got by without them in the old days. You just can't sound good if you're not in tune

Korg CA-1 Chromatic Tuner

I believe Korg tuners are amoung the best on the market. The Korg CA-1 is a great dulcimer tuner for this price range. It operates for years on a 9-volt battery and can be used to tune any instrument. It also has a calibration feature that lets you tune an instrument slightly above or below standard pitch. If playing with other instruments, an electronic tuner is the perfect tool to insure a great sound.

Price $23

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Snark SN-8 Chromatic Tuner

There are a lot of electronic tuners on the market and these quickly made a name for themselves due to their ease of use and extreme accuracy. You simply clip the tuner onto your dulcimer headstock and it reads the note through the vibrations of the instrument. Since it uses the dulcimer's vibrations instead of the sound it eliminates interference from background noise and the clip on feature allows you to tune as often as needed without "fetching" your tuner from the case. Many people just clip the tuner on and leave it during playing to enable quick tuning when needed. It has a very bright color display that rotates 360° so it is readable at any angle, has extended range pitch calibration and even includes a tap metronome to help develop your musical timing.

Price $18.25

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Dulcimer Instruction Material

Below is a collection of some of the better instructional material I've encountered over the years. I've tried to present a range of material appropraite for people just introduced to the dulcimer through those who are long time players just looking for some new ideas.

Guide To Playing the Mountain Dulcimer

Over the years I've seen several beginner books. This is one of the better low cost ones available. It features step-by-step instructions on playing the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer with 23 common songs (such as Amazing Grace, Wildwood Flower, I'll Fly Away, etc) written in musical tablature and music notation so you do not need to read music to use this book.

There are two versions to cover the two most popular mountain dulcimer tunings, DAA and DAD. Please choose from the drop down box.

Price $8.50

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Mel Bay's Complete Dulcimer Handbook

This book, by Mark Biggs the three time winner of the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship is probably the most comprehensive book on the mountain dulcimer available. It explains scales, modes, tunings, playing techniques, 53 songs in tablature and musical notation and pretty much anything you can think of to include in a dulcimer book.  Very thorough and great for the beginner or someone wanting to improve. 

Price $29.99

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Compete Dulcimer Handbook

Mel Bay's School of Dulcimer

This book and CD includes 15 songs with musical notation and tablature. It includes instructions and explanation of how to read music and tablature as well as explanations of scales and modes. This book has been around for a long time, which is a testament to its usefullness in helping beginners become a well rounded dulcimer players.

Price $17.99

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Dulcimer Chord Encyclopedia

This is a book everyone needs whether you area beginner or seasoned player. It is a comprehensive encylopedia of chords for the mountain dulcimer in the modes of Mixolydian, Ionian, Dorian, Lydian and Phrygian tunings. For each mode, chords for three different tunings are presented. I keep on handy for when I want to explore new areas on the dulcimer or get inspiration to write new tunes.

Price $22.99

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Dulcimer Capos

Capos allow a Mountain Dulcimer to change keys or modes by "clamping" the strings at a particular fret and thereby raising the pitch of the dulcimer (without retuning the strings. To return to the original key, simply remove the capo. This is a fast, easy way to play in different keys and explore different modes. A capo also comes in handy when playing with other musicians regardless of the instrument.

The World's Finest Dulcimer Capo

This is simply the world's best dulcimer capo. It is handcrafted and machined from solid polished brass. It has a quick trip lever for fast attachment and removal. It is the best quality capo available and will last a lifetime.

Price $68.00

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Economy Dulcimer Capo

This is the standard wooden capo that nearly every dulcimer player carries in their case. It is made of wood with a brass screw that applies pressure to the side of the neck to hold the capo in place.  It includes heavy rubber padding to protect the dulcimers finish.

Price $18.50

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Dulcimer Strap

This is a tough, but comfortable strap to help hold your dulcimer in place. It attaches to the strap buttons on the endblocks or can be attached to a strap button on one end and tied at the other. Heavy nylon and leather construction that will last a long, long time. Choice of color is black, blue or red.

Price $11.25

Color

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Dulcimer Noter

A noter is used to slide up and down the melody string instead of fretting the string with your finger. There is a long tradition of the noter playing style and it produces a unique sound that is especially effective when playing faster, fiddle style melodies. It is also a great method to use as a beginning dulcimer player if you find pressing the strings with your fingers uncomfortable. So before you give up learning to play the dulcimer .... try a noter!!! These noters are solid oak, 3/8" diameter and approximately 4" long.

Price $6

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Clip-On Dulcimer Pickup

This is an economical and easy way to amplify your dulcimer with no modifications. It is a piezo pickup encased in a clip-on attachment. This pickup can accurately reproduce the sound of your dulcimer without the metallic sound of the electric guitar pickups used on some dulcimers. Another area where this pickup comes in handy is to plug into an electronic tuner to replace the microphone. This greatly helps tuning when in a loud environment where the tuner microphone gets overwhelmed by the ambient noise. The cord on this pickup is seven feet long.

Price $18.50

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Dulcimer String Winder

Most modern dulcimers are equipped with geared tuning keys. Geared tuners greatly increase tuning accuracy, but it takes several turns of the knob to turn the string post once. With a 14:1 Grover tuner the knob must turn 14 times to turn the string post once. This is great for precise adjustments, but can be tedious when changing or replacing strings. The solution is a string winder! It lets you spin the tuning key at about 10 times the normal rate. This is a must have for playing live. When you break a string people get bored pretty quickly watching someone twisting on a tuning key for several minutes!

Price $4

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Audio Cable for Dulcimers with Internal Pickup

This 10 ft long 1/4" molded audio cable is used to connect your dulcimer to an amplifier, PA system or effects unit. It will also work with guitars or any instrument using a standard 1/4" mono style plug.

Price $12.95

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Dulcimer Picks

It is good to have a variety of picks available as some are better for certain playing styles and techniques and all produce slightly different tones. In general, many people find a thin pick to work better for fast strumming and a medium pick for melody or single string playing. Of course, a thinner pick produces more clicking sounds than a heavier pick. Also, a heavier pick will produce a little more volume. 

Fender F-355 (thin)

These picks may be the most common used for dulcimers.  They have three picking edges and are larger than a normal guitar pick so they are easier to hold.  I frequently use these for fast strumming.

Price: $1 ea.

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Fender F-355 (medium)

This is the same popular pick but in a slightly heavier gauge. Many people like these for playing single not styles.

Price: $1 ea.

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Fender F-346 (thin)

These picks have three picking edges and can be held a little more firmly than the larger picks.

Price: $1 ea.

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Herdim H-1

These picks are very popular with dulcimer players. They have three picking edges with each edge having a different thickness. The center section is textured for better grip.

Price: $1 ea.

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Clayton Cork Grip

These picks were very popular many years ago and have been re-released as they say, by popular demand. They are shaped like a standard guitar pick but feature a cork in the center for better grip.

Price: $1 ea.

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Dunlop D-1 (medium-thin 0.5mm)

These Dunlop picks have three picking edges and are made of a flexible, very durable synthetic material. These work well for both picking and strumming and produce very little pick noise (clicking). These are the picks I use most often.

Price: $1 ea.

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Dunlop D-2 (medium 0.6mm)

These are the same picks as the Dunlop D-1 only in a slightly thicker version.

Price: $1 ea.

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Black Raven (medium-thin 0.5mm)

These picks are made of the same material as the Dunlop picks with three picking edges. I use these for dulcimer, guitar, mandolin and pretty much anything with strings.

Price: $1 ea.

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