Guitarp Number 4!

Following his special appearance at the 13th Harp Guitar Gathering last October, the uber-talented Phil deGruy disclosed the news that he was having a new iteration built of his invention the Guitarp.  The special luthier he found was Vince Guidroz, “a humble man whose name is hard to find on the web, biz cards, etc.” […]

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The Oklahoma Cowboy Band

This is a fun one! My friend Joe Morgan spotted the intriguing cover of this book one day…The Oklahoma Cowboy Band, from 2008, one in the increasingly fascinating “Images of America” series. Who were they?  And what was a Gibson harp guitar doing in a Country and Western group?! The latter question is never addressed […]

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Eine Kleine Harpguitarmusik

OK, that was a terrible pun, but I’m giddy because I had way too much fun with luthier Steve Klein this week.  I had never met the legendary luthier, but had extended an invitation through mutual friend Adam Werner when he said Steve was interested in visiting the Miner Museum.  That was during NAMM weekend […]

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Knutsen’s Slippers

Slipper guitar, that is. I surreptitiously snagged this off eBay last September – a rare Chris Knutsen advertising circular!  It’s a single-sided flyer measuring ~10 by 13” that we can date to c.1900-1902 from Knutsen’s address printed on it: 1001 J. Street South, Tacoma, Wash. Its unusual title announces “The Symphony Harp and Slipper Guitar.” […]

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Secrets of Taraffo

I’m pleased to announce “Secrets of Taraffo” – a new half hour documentary on the unsurpassed Genoese harp guitarist Pasquale Taraffo!  This was a labor of love for my friend Franco Ghisalberti and me – and finally completed with funding from Franco and The Harp Guitar Foundation.  If you’ve made a donation, please pat yourself […]

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Harp Guitar Players Page Overhaul

After taking a hard look recently at the Players page, I realized it was overdue for an extensive overhaul.  I spent a fair amount of time coming up with a new system that was practical, fair and consistent (it was interesting to see where some folks ended up).  The result: even with the incredible […]

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100 Years Later, the Martin Improved Reproduction Schenk Harp Guitar!

One hundred and two years, to be precise. The story: In 1988, I bought a copy of the Third Edition Martin book by the late Mike Longsworth.  Amidst all the expected guitars and ukuleles there was on page 214 this curious black and white photo of a very unusual lyre-shaped guitar – something completely bizarre […]

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Walton’s c.1900 Baritone Harp Guitar

Here’s an interesting one! My friend Guy DeVillez sent me pics of this awhile back and I had to admit I’d never heard of the maker, F. W. Walton.  It looked like a questionable homemade one-off, and at first glance I thought it might simply be a doubleneck guitar, as most of Guy’s friends did.  […]

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NAMM, 2016

This is going to be just a quick blog on this year’s NAMM in Anaheim, as my visit was very short (I actually now skip it most years).  I showed up at the crack o’ dawn last Saturday morning in order to “take a meeting” with the staff of the Carlsbad, CA Museum of Making […]

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Knutsen Double Vision

Double your courses, double your inventory, double your fun! I can safely say that growing up I would have never predicted I would one day lay claim to the title of “owner of half of the world’s supply of Knutsen harp-taropatches.”  (“Harp-Taropatchi”?) And yet that is the strange and unlikely status I have recently achieved […]

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