Lynn McSpadden was studying for the Seminary when his roommate brought in a dulcimer and showed him how to play it. Lynn became fascinated by it and decided to make himself one. He borrowed one from an acquaintance in Leslie, AR made by McKinley Craft of Bath County, KY, to use as a model and made his first dulcimer in 1962. Friends asked him to make them one and that began the development of the McSpadden Mountain Dulcimer. Lynn with his father and brother developed designs and construction methods to allow making large numbers of dulcimers while maintaining the quality. Improvements over the years have led to the current line of models.
The McSpaddens sold the business to Jim and Betty Woods in 2001 and they have continued development of new models. Models introduced since the sale include the Schnaufer models, the six strings both standard range and baritone, the basses, and the dulci-banjos. At the time of the sale we were building number 42,000 and at this writing we are closing in on number 62,000. Building lots of dulcimers doesn’t prove much but having those dulcimer being played by satisfied customers does indicate that we know what we are doing and how to serve the dulcimer community.
Many craftsmen have participated in the building of McSpadden dulcimers over the years. Many of those have retired or sadly passed away. However, the traditions continue with Jim Woods being the current most experienced at 18 years. You can place your trust in our instruments and service.