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Early period McSpadden M12-W dulcimers (late 70s – mid-80s)

McSpadden M12-W #3313   £Sold

Lynn McSpadden began crafting dulcimers full-time in late 1967 or early 1968 and is now recognised as possibly the best known maker of mountain dulcimers in the world.  This instrument has a solid walnut top, with a high quality laminated walnut back and sides.  Elegant carved solid walnut scroll, walnut single-piece fingerboard, with zero fret for accurate intonation and 6½ fret.  Rosewood nut and bridge.  Good quality Grover “sta-tite” friction tuners with imitation walnut buttons.  Typical McSpadden style heart soundholes but no company name inscribed on the fingerboard as later.  Pin string anchors.  Overall length 36”, upper bout 5⅝”, lower bout 7⅛”, depth 1¾”, FBW 1⅜”, weight 1lb 15oz (884g), VSL 28½” (medium/long scale).

McSpadden are perhaps the most consistent craft maker of mountain dulcimers in the world, continuing to produce well-made, reliable and great-sounding instruments – a touchstone for quality.  This is no exception.  It has an easy action, and warm, responsive sound with plenty of power across the tonal range.  Almost mint, with just a few almost invisible pressure marks.  Can be bought with original shell case.

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2.117   McSpadden M12-W #14589   £320 + £25 shell case

 

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