Traditionally, mountain dulcimers had three, equally spaced, strings: a melody string, a middle string, and a bass string. Later developments created a 4-string dulcimer by changing the string spacing and doubling the melody string. Doubling the melody string created greater volume to the melody line. Contemporary dulcimers, such as ours, include extra notches on the nut to allow more personalized string patterns. The inside doubled melody string can be removed completely to revert to the traditional 3-string set-up. Or the Inside melody string and the middle string can both be moved over one notch to create an equal spacing between all four strings. Find the set-up that works best for you.
What does BLEMISHED mean? Product codes ending in "-1" thru "-4" indicate the item is blemished. Items ending in "(S)" indicate a serial number has been added for identification purposes. Product codes ending in "-1(S)" or "-2(S)" are blemished. These products are new and unused with superficial blemishes that may include, blisters in the finish, scratches, dents, stains, discoloration, rust or pitting on metals, imperfect glazes, non-structural repairs such as putty in nail holes, or other surface marks. "-1(S)" product has minor blemishes and a "-2(S)" product has moderate blemishes and/or minor repairs. The irregularity does not affect the playability or sound quality of the instrument. Product codes ending in "-3(S)" and "-4(S)" are new and unused, but required repairs. "-3(S)" has been repaired, but "-4(S)," items REQUIRE REPAIRS to be completed by the buyer at their expense. Product codes ending in "PROP" are deemed unplayable, by our standards, and are recommended for display and theatrical staging purposes only. Please note: For protection and safety, stringed instruments are "DE-TUNED" and floating bridges are laid flat before shipping.
Questions? For additional details on any BLEMISHED or PROP item, please contact Customer Support. We're here to help.