PRODUCT NOTICE: This is a "Factory Second" (SF) listing.
Factory Seconds ("SF") are identical to standard instruments, but were deemed by the quality assurance folks at Seagull to be of lower grade wood stock. Generally that means there's one place on the instrument where the wood has a knot, odd grain pattern, or atypical coloration (see example pictures). We are not allowed to sell SF instruments at market rate, so you get a high quality instrument for a lower price point! If you have questions or want to check current stock, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Merlin M4 Series stick dulcimers are great instruments for beginners and accomplished travelers alike! The Merlin's wider neck and shorter body length makes it a great learning tool for younger hands, while their sturdy construction make them perfect for the traveling musician in you. (You might want a case, though!)
Every Merlin comes with a quick-start guidebook too.
It ships tuned to D (DADD), but could easily be tuned up or down by a whole step, if needed.
The Merlin line typically projects more natural sound volume than many stick dulcimers, due to its larger body construction (sound hole / sound cavity), and 4th string. And where the traditional pickin' stick style often sounds more like a banjo or mandolin, the Merlin is more similar to a guitar.
All Merlins are crafted with Canadian maple neck-thru-body construction, and they come in both spruce and mahogany tops.
Spruce vs Mahogany Top Merlin - How Do They Sound?