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    Irish Mountain Dulcimer

    The Irish dulcimer is so named for its unique Celtic knot sound hole rosette, which is derived from a photo taken in an 11th Century monastery in Ennis, Ireland. Each rosette is relief carved by hand, and has delicately interweaving continuous strands through a solid black walnut veneer.  The back of the instrument is inlayed with a repeating Celtic cross pattern.  The standard woods used are walnut for the bookmatched sides and back; walnut fretboard, tailpiece and headstock; and book-matched Western red cedar top. 

    The mountain (or lap) dulcimer originated in the Appalachian mountains by the Scotch-Irish settlers and is considered to be a distinctly American instrument. However, it may also be regarded as having Celtic roots, since it was born from Scotch-Irish immigrants. The alluring features of drone strings and a diatonic scale may have been instrumental in its creation by this musically gifted group of people.  In many respects, its musical structure mimics that of a bagpipe.

    The Irish dulcimer is distinctly different, almost lute-like, in tonal quality.  This unique sound is attributed to its broad chamber, Irish bouzouki inner bracing, and fretboard separation at the soundhole, allowing the top to vibrate more freely.

    Details- 2-1/4" x 8" x 43"
    - Grover gold-plated in-line planetary geared tuning pegs