The dulcitar is a variant of the Appalachian dulcimer which retains the dulcimer's diatonic fret layout, but has a long neck made to be played upright in the guitar style rather than across the lap. Luthier Homer Ledford coined the term "dulcitar" as a portmanteau of "dulcimer" and "guitar", building his first dulcitar around 1971. One of Ledford's dulcitars was accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute, as well as displayed in a traveling exhibit on American craftsmanship.
The term "dulcitar" was trademarked by Ledford in 1976 (#73075051), and other luthiers have developed conceptually similar instruments under other names such as "strumstick" and "pickin' stick".
- Alvey, R. Gerald. Dulcimer Maker: the craft of Homer Ledford. University Press of Kentucky, 2003. ISBN 978-0-8131-9051-8. Pg 48-50
- http://books.google.com/books?id=MnnaAAAAMAAJ&q=dulcitar&dq=dulcitar&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BNGYUrP8CsipsQTYoICoDQ&ved=0CFoQ6AEwCQ pg 46
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