I am considering buying a Warren A.May all cherry dulcimer from Down Home Guitars a great acoustic shop in Frankfort, IL (south Chicago Burb'). It does not have a 6 1/2 fret and I was wondering if it can be added without affecting the instrument. They say they have a good guy who can do it but do you know of anybody in the south or west Chicago suburbs who can do that. As a FYI I have been playing for 3 years mostly Dadd but also Daaa.
Bill in Monee
Answer Hey Bill - a competent luthier should easily be able to install a 6 1/2 fret without affecting the sound or playability of the instrument - the key is to fine a "competent" luthier. It's not brain surgery, but it is a process requiring some skill to get it right. Sorry, I don't know any Chicago-area luthiers, but check around with guitarists, music stores - you'll find the right person. You want someone familiar with working on acoustic instruments. Maybe try these guys - but I don't know them and can't recommend
Thanks John for the quick response and it really helped. I did not want to mess up a quality instrument and have an extra fret added if it would affect how it sounded. Thanks also for the tip on where to have the fret added. FYI check out downhomeguitars.com. One of the best all acoustic shops in the Chicago area.
Bill in Monee
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