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.