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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 flat across the lap. Luthier Homer Ledford coined the term "dulcitar" as a portmanteau of "dulcimer" and "guitar", building his first dulcitar around 1971.[1] One of Ledford's dulcitars was accepted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as displayed in a traveling exhibit on American craftsmanship.[2]

The term "dulcitar" was trademarked by Ledford in 1976 (#73075051), and other luthiers have developed conceptually similar instruments under other names such as "strumstick"[3] and "pickin' stick".[4]

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