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CUSTOM OPTIONS


It is our goal to craft for you the dulcimer of your dreams, and to this end we are always happy to consider custom modifications to the standard instruments we offer. The following lists represent some of the more commonly requested customizing features applicable to the standard Blue Lion dulcimers. If you are looking for something not listed below, be sure to ask and we'll do our best to accommodate your wishes. Please note: not all of the options listed are available for every model.

Clicking on an underlined item will take you to a detail photo or information page for that option.

 

SOUNDHOLES

Hearts ................................$ 40.00

ƒ-heart shapes.................... $125.00

ƒ-heart soundholes for teardrop instruments: $105.00

ƒ-heart for Bass, Baritone or AJ................... $150.00

 

Soundholes are available in the standard pattern (as shown on Style I dulcimer) at no extra charge.

The ƒ-heart soundholes, shown on the Force d'Ossché model, can be ordered for the standard hourglass shaped dulcimer as well. The lower bout has the ƒ-hearts and the upper bout has single hearts.

Custom soundhole designs can often be created but the design is critical to the strength and integrity of the top. Please call us to discuss your ideas, and keep in mind that the soundhole is a silhouette and the outline should be kept fairly simple.

 

MISCELLANEOUS OPTIONS

Bookmatched wood binding & purfling

  • IIR rosewood and Style I & II instruments with gloss finish— $200.00
  • Style I & II instruments (satin finish) other than rosewood—$250.00

  • Bass, Baritone & AJ, rosewood and other woods with gloss finish—$250.00
      (includes added tailpiece)
  • Bass, Baritone & AJ (satin finish) other than rosewood—$285.00
      (includes added tailpiece)

Gloss lacquer finish — $ 400.00
  (not available for F-d'O six string or JRW)

Custom Soundholes — inquire (usually start at $250.00)

Bone nut and saddle — $ 25.00

Slot for saddle – $35.00 (If you prefer to have a fixed     saddle we recommend this option. It will ensure that the saddle does not shift out of place. However, if you tend to experiment with different string gauges this will limit your options.)

Strap buttons (2)

  • Chrome — $10.00
  • Gold —$12.00

Side Pins (2): $10.00  (small brass escutcheon pins, one at each end of the fretboard which allow the player to drop the outside melody string off the fretboard.)

Gold-plated tuning machines

  • Scroll peghead (4) Planetary — $75.00
  • Flat peghead (4) — $45.00
  • Five string (flat peghead) — $50.00
  • Force-d'Ossché six string — $55.00
  • Bass and Baritone and Acoustic Jam (flat) (4) — $45.00
  • BD6 (Six string bass) — $55.00

Frets

  • EVO gold frets — $50.00
  • Stainless steel frets — $65.00

Extra frets (other than 6 1/2 and 13 1/2)

  • with dulcimer order (each) — $ 5.00
  • retrofit (one fret) — $40 to $ 75.00; additional retrofit frets $30 to $45.00 each (price includes "touch up" cosmetic repair to sides of fretboard)
    Call for price quote & details.
  • partial frets:
    • outside string fret: minimum $25.00 each
    • inside (middle) string(s): minimum $35.00 each
  • retrofit partial frets: minimum $50.00 each

Chromatic fretboard — $65.00

Ebony fingerboard overlay — $150.00

Ebony peghead overlay for flat peghead — $75.00

Rosewood fingerboard overlay — $75.00 (for IW)

Rosewood back and sides for AJ, Bass, BarD — $300.00

Spruce top — $50.00

Spruce top for Bass, BarD, AJ — $100.00

Premium Spruce — inquire

Special Woods — prices and availability vary

  • Acacia - currently unavailable
  • Extra fancy cherry - $150.00
  • Koa - $450.00 on up
  • Curly Maple - $150.00 on up
  • Fancy Walnut - $50.00 on up
Peghead roses — $40.00 each (IIR only)

Single Rose Fretboard inlay (for other than Style II) $80.00
[note: if inlaid in IW add $75.00 for rosewood fretboard]

Scroll peghead (for AJ and Baritone, n/a for Bass or 5 string versions)—$50.00

 

DULCIMER PICKUP

Blue Lion / L.R. Baggs pickup ...... $119.00

Pickup for five string dulcimer .......$150.00

Strap Jack

  • Chrome .......................... $16.00
  • Gold ............................... $30.00

Pickup installation

  • with dulcimer order ............. $50.00
  • retrofit Blue Lion instrument ...$75.00
  • retrofit other makes.......... call for quote

Note: pickup installation on new instruments includes bone nut at no extra charge. For bone nut on retrofit installation, please add $20.00.

Visit our Pickup page for more details.

FRETS

18% nickel silver fretwire is our standard fretwire of choice and the most common fretwire used in the acoustic instrument industry.  There is no additional charge for this fretwire.

If you have a tendency to wear out frets quickly you may want to consider either of the two options listed below to avoid the expense  and trouble of having your dulcimer refretted.

Evo gold fretwire is a copper alloy that has been used for years in the optical industry. With a Vicker's hardness of HV5/250, it is harder than our nickel/silver wire (HV5/200), but softer than the stainless (HV5/300). This wire is not plated; it is gold all the way through and retains the gold color once the frets are dressed.

Stainless steel fretwire is the most durable fretwire available; more and more luthiers are using stainless because of its resistance to wear and its playability.  It is much more difficult to use than other types of fretwire due its hardness and it is almost impossible to wear out. 

For players who wish to use jumbo frets there is an additional $10.00 charge and the wire must be special ordered. Please contact us for information.

CUSTOM INLAY

Many of our dulcimers feature custom inlay and it is always a treat for us to get to do something a little different. We have inlaid all manner of designs from birds, horses, wolves, pigs and pets to just about every flower imaginable. Because every custom inlay design is an original, price will depend on the design's complexity and materials. We enjoy working with you on designing the inlay of your dreams; give us a call and we will be happy to discuss possibilities and prices.

One frequently asked question is what would be the cost of the rose vine inlay shown on the cover of our catalog and on the Home page. This inlay, which runs the entire length of the fretboard, would cost about $950.00 depending on design specifics. However, there are many ways to create an inlay similar to this one at a much lower price; a similar rose vine running from about the third fret to the fourteenth would cost approximately $650.00 and would have almost the same visual impact.

Check our our Custom Inlay page for ideas; we plan to update it frequently with new pictures.