Gibson Harp Guitar No. 5703 Lost and Found

You may recall my revelation 2-1/2 years ago about the fanciest Gibson harp guitar ever built – serial # 5703 – that I included in my article on Gibson World’s Fair Harp Guitars. Though rumored to “have been built for the World’s Fair,” I believe I demonstrated otherwise. So what was it? Well, turns out […]

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A Lute Out of a Nightmare

And now for something completely different. Much of my energy this year was spent on a long treasure hunt of sorts. It began in February when I stumbled upon a Facebook notice for a completely-under-the-radar auction of incredible musical instruments in Germany. Ultimately, I won three items (I bid on a dozen, and would’ve bid […]

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Stephen Bennett’s HGG16 Workshop

Just like my last blog, guest-penned by Martin Pleass, today’s is another guest spot by Martin’s U.K. partner-in-crime, Tommy Loose. Even though he’s across the globe in China (his day job), he still managed to get this in! You may remember Tommy, last year’s “Newbie” who not only played on stage for his first visit […]

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Tony Barnard’s Workshop at The Gathering

One of our new Gathering regulars is the talented, hilarious, rock and roll star and academic scholar Martin Pleass (rhymes with “grease”). That’s him with his Bown harp guitar talking to me (Dave Powell in bg). Along with Tommy Loose and Tony Barnard (both featured at HGG16 this year), Martin came all the way from […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering 16

For those of you who missed it, HGG16 photos are up! Taken by our resident CHGP (Certified Harp Guitar Photographer) Chuck Thompson, beautiful photographs of the 3-day event are available for download or purchase here (a reminder to please thank and credit Chuck if you use any of his photos). Photo albums contain no captions […]

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The Ballad of Serge Singer

It’s extremely rare when my main two nerdy obsessions – harp guitars and Disney – overlap in any way. I’d certainly count this as one of the more unusual. Yes, it’s a YouTube clip of the famous Paris vocalist Serge Singer with this trademark harpe guitare performing the 1955 hit “The Ballad of Davy Crockett.” […]

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Harp Guitar Foundation Matching Gift Commitment a Win-Win

Greetings, all, Here’s some good news as we head into our 16th Harp Guitar Gathering!

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Are You an Orville-ite?

2018 is the 100th anniversary year of Orville Gibson’s death (August 19th) and I was recently thrilled to see special attention being paid to our hero by a bunch of fine people. I’m assuming all my readers are familiar with Gibson guitars, mandolins and (obviously) harp guitars. I imagine that you all at least know […]

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A Short – Yet Surprisingly Complete – History of the Modern Archguitar

Those of you who attended our 12th Harp Guitar Gathering in Idaho in 2014 will recall that (in honor of one of our featured guests, Jon Mendle) I presented an in-depth look at an instrument called the “archguitar” (or arch guitar). I was always rather proud of my efforts and intended to one day turn […]

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Dyer Harp Mandolas: All Present and Accounted For

Yeah, this is probably wishful thinking, but then again, it could be true. We’ll likely never know. Before 2007, not a single specimen of a W. J. Dyer & Bro. harp mandola had yet been discovered by either Bob Hartman or me. Then within just two years, four of them surfaced! They were all up […]

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