Fraley Plywood [Dulcimer], Eastern Kentucky

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Title

Fraley Plywood [Dulcimer], Eastern Kentucky

Description

David Schnaufer purchased this hourglass-shaped dulcimer from A. Fraley of Kentucky in 1989. It was most likely made in the early 20th century.

Identifier

DS-15

Coverage

Kentucky

Dulcimer type

E

Owner

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

Cataloged by

S. Conatser; Z. Law

Dimensions--overall

34" x 7 7/8" x 2"

Physical description

bottom and sides appear to be oak; top is plywood; fretboard is pine; back and top are nailed to the sides; simple upturned scroll peghead with no decorative carving; peghead and fretboard are carved from a single piece of wood that attaches to a separate piece of wood at the tailpiece; slight strum hollow carved into fretboard; unidentified circular impression in side of fretboard; carved wooden button on tailpiece serves as string anchor; bridge made of plastic; 3 mahogany tuners not original to instrument; 14 frets, bent wire, varying thicknesses, most of which extend across fretboard; sound holes are two small, crudely-carved S-shapes; instrument is filled with mud and remains of mud dauber nests; damage to side near tailpiece

Geolocation

Citation

“Fraley Plywood [Dulcimer], Eastern Kentucky,” Appalachian Dulcimer Archive, accessed October 23, 2017, http://dulcimerarchive.omeka.net/items/show/76.