James Jones Acoustic/Electric Hammered Dulcimer

A 7/19/18/9 Electric Linear Chromatic with three installed magnetic pickups

This hammered dulcimer has been transformed into an acoustic/electric dulcimer with a semi-permanent installation of strip magnetic pickups sized for the instrument. These pickups will not feedback and will not pick up ambient vibrations. They only read the movement of steel strings exactly like an electric guitar. All three pickups are raised by shims to the optimum height and then attached to the soundboard with brass screws. Shielded cables from each pickup are run internally to a small transformer and ultimately to a 1/4" phone jack for connection to a board, amp and speakers. Unfortunately to move in this direction, it will cost you and you'll have a few extra holes drilled into the top of your instrument. Installation of the three strip magnetic pickups and replacement of all phosphor bronze solid and wound strings with steel and stainless steel wound strings on a 10/19/18/8 LC would add $850 to the cost of the instrument. Contact me for other size dulcimers
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A 7/19/18/9 Linear Chromatic with installed magnetic pickups with dampers

This detail photo shows the center pickup which handles the right side of Treble bridge 2. There are two additional pickups located under the dampers which amplify all the rest of the strings. The right pickup can be seen in this photo.
A video of my cat and I demonstrating and describing the acoustic/electric hammered dulcimer
This sound clip is just me playing all the notes on all the bridges of the Linear Chromatic; first acoustically then with magnetic pickups and a sound system. You hopefully will be able to compare tonality.

Designing An Electric Hammered Dulcimer - If you'd like to read a little more on my blog about the process of developing this, Click away.