Instrument Set Up & Care
Stick Dulcimers are Handcrafted, Wooden Instruments.
To prevent dings and nicks handle with care. Avoid impacts and use a soft sleeve or bag when traveling. Avoid storing your instrument in extreme temperatures.
When you purchase an instrument on-line it will be un-tuned for shipping purposes and will need to be tuned upon arrival. The following information will be needed to set up your new Pickin’ Stick.
~ Pickin’ Sticks have a “floating” Saddle. This is a key element for the instrument’s unique sound. To ensure the Saddle is at the correct tilt measure 22 7/8” from the nut to the top edge the Saddle for the .010 string. Measure 22 3/4” from the nut to the top of the edge of the saddle for the.023 string. (See Diagram)
~ Our Pickin’ Sticks are tuned to Open G which creates an automatic harmonious cord when all three strings are played together. Open G tuning uses GDG, near Middle C on a keyboard. We suggest using a digital tuner for the best results.
~ Use a light gauge set of Mandolin strings to replace a broken string. Sizes 023, .014 & .010. Uncoil the original strings and fit with the corresponding size. (See Diagram) Loop the string on the peg then insert the other end into the hole in the tuner. Leave enough slack so you can wind the string around the tuner a couple times. Make sure the Saddle is in alignment. Trim any excess string.
Quick Anatomy of a Stick Dulcimer