play this unusually shaped instrument, the right hand plucks the strings
with a plectrum while the left hand plays the melody by pressing a small
stick against the frets located under the first string.
Dorchester, New Brunswick
Rosewood, mahogany, spruce,
Overall length: 90 cm;
diameter of body: 17 cm;
sides: 7.4 cm
Gift from the Massey Foundation
While the playing technique and number of strings for this instrument
are those of the traditional dulcimer, the fingerboard is shorter, ending
at the rose. The bridge, which is centred on the broadest part of the
soundboard, is outfitted with a brass tailpiece. In contrast, the
traditional Appalachian dulcimer is equipped with a central fingerboard
running the entire length of the body; a nut and saddle at either end support
Rickey Lair made his first guitar after completing a community college programme
in design. His primary concern is with the quality and beauty of the woodwork.
The trademark of Lair's instruments, which include guitars and dulcimers,
is their highly personal design. The elegant, refined lines are evidence
of painstaking craftsmanship.