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The Uncle Ed


Originating right here in Knott County as early as 1871, the dulcimers of James Edward Thomas were unlike anything ever made before on the Cumberland frontier. An elegant, slender, three- stringed instrument, its lightness and angelic tone informed 20 th century folk music from Jean to Joni. This icon is now available again, lovingly reproduced by mountain people at our Hindman shop. Made from Appalachian tonewoods with Pegheds tuners. The Museum model (pictured above) sports a lower profile, 1-3/8” deep box, 1” fingerboard, broom wire “staple” frets, pyramid feet and hand-carved friction pegs, with brass wire nails in all the right places, as per the original.