Amburgey Appalachian Dulcimer

Amburgey Appalachian Dulcimer

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This Appalachian dulcimer was made by Jethro Amburgey in Hindman, Kentucky, in 1965. It is a double-bout dulcimer made of walnut, with three strings (one melody string and two drone strings), 17 metal frets, 4 heart-shaped sound holes, 3 wooden friction pegs, carved out pegbox, and a rounded head. The dulcimer has a handwritten label inside that reads:

Jethro Amburgey
Hindman, Ky.
Oct. 27 - 1965

Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Amburgey, Jethro
place made
United States: Kentucky, Hindman
Physical Description
walnut (overall material)
overall: 2 5/8 in x 6 in x 32 1/2 in; 6.6675 cm x 15.24 cm x 82.55 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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