In a Life before Harp Guitars

Long before harp guitars (for me)…there were 6-strings (and the occasional 12). I stumbled on this 1975 photo recently, and wanted to document this “transition period.” Fans of my Christmas Collection (CC) project and/or the Miner Museum might get a kick out of this faded “historical image.” My brother Mark and I had apparently decided […]

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The Travels and Travails of Merrill Harp Guitar #14

I’ll never forget this one. I heard about it, saw it on eBay where it passed, later gambled on it, discovering a true “diamond in the rough,” tried not to sell it, failed, recorded it for my eventual Norwegian Wood CD project before I shipped it off, listed it briefly in 2015 (pulled when the […]

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“Floating Strings” Free Online!

While I have just one last print copy available of the exhibit catalog I wrote for our Carlsbad exhibit 3 years ago, those of you who never availed yourself of a copy can now view and read the entire 64-page publication electronically. It is presented by the Museum of Making Museum on; just ignore […]

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From Russia with Love, Part 2: Museum Treasures

I suspect that few outside of Russia have seen the rare harp guitars and related instruments that I’m about to show. While there are many examples from European makers we’re already familiar with, there are more obscure treasures here, and yes, I am saving the best for last! These instruments come from two major collections: […]

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From Russia with Love: Harp Guitars, Part 1

Once again, I find my music desk backlogged with towering piles of new information and images of Russian harp guitarists. In the past our Harp Guitar Gathering friend Oleg Timofeyev donated rare material and information. Lately, another new friend, Ilya Kryzhanovsky, has been bitten by the harp guitar bug and is sending me new material […]

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New Harp Guitar Music Sub-Bass String Line is In Stock!

Greetings, stay-at-home-harp-guitarists! I’m happy to say that after 14 years in business as Harp Guitar Music (the only web site/store on the planet exclusively devoted to this instrument) I finally have the ideal (steel string) sub-bass string manufacturer engaged. All gauges are now in stock, and I’m actually offering more gauges than ever before. These […]

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Back to Gene’s Guitar Shop

Readers may recall that I wrote about Gene and his friend Matteo two months ago in The Tale of Knutsen Symphony Harp Guitar #HGT1. You also met Gene’s friend, Yodeling Dick. To shed more light on the two men I met that fateful day in 1988, we’re back now with some wonderful memorabilia – and […]

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Vardon, Perry & Wilber Meet the Library of Congress

That’s right … “Those Three Boys” are finally enshrined for all time. I just sent the monograph on my favorite Vaudeville team to the Library of Congress. While this is my fourth (self-published) printed book (the first being the Museum of Making Music’s harp guitar exhibit catalog), it is my first fully realized project – […]

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Stanford White’s Musical Instrument Treasures

My latest PDF article is something a little different (and not actually harp guitar-specific). I had vague recollections of Stanford White, but never knew he collected musical instruments. My interest was further piqued when I discovered random connections to other collections I’m familiar with, along with his various instruments that I also research. After a […]

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From Three- to Four-Part Harmony

As readers know, I recently condensed all of my old Harmony harp guitar blogs into one long PDF article. Soon afterward (January, 2020), a fellow alerted us to another via Facebook. He inherited it from a great-grandfather, though sadly, there is no other known provenance. Unlike the other two fancy, near-identical specimens, this one’s a plain […]

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