Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Harwood Harp Guitars But Were Afraid To Ask

And I do mean everything. Back in 2004, included from the very beginning of Harpguitars.net, I had posted a short page on “Harwood” harp guitars.  That unassuming article has since expanded in surprising directions and grown by leaps and bounds, fueled by a continuing wave of new discoveries from all sorts of friends, colleagues, strangers […]

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Gibson Harp Guitars: To the World’s Fair and Beyond!

This one was so cool it quickly outgrew the blog to become a Harp Guitar of the Month and permanent part of our growing Gibson section of Harpguitars.net…read on!

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AMIS at the National Music Museum

Last week I took you through my personal first time tour of the very impressive National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota. I was there to attend the annual meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society – and will share here a brief recap of my experiences, so you can meet some of the other […]

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The National Music Museum

Geek out!  Besides the Harp Guitar Gathering, one of the best weeks of the year for an instrument nerd like myself is the annual AMIS meeting.  Finding myself inexplicably on the membership committee this year, I may as well tell you that if I don’t get some of you to join the American Musical Instrument […]

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Belgium, Part 3

We really enjoyed our short stay in Brugge (see the last two blog entries), but it was now time for: Brussels: …where the #1 tourist destination is of course: Ben’s shop! The king in his castle. Above the shop is his home, a great layout!  On floor 2 (of 4) I was treated to dozens […]

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Belgium, Part 2

Continuing yesterday’s blog…when we were last seen taking a lovely ride through the canals of Brugge. St. Janshospitaal We later explored as much of the canals as we could by foot. We could easily envision a life having a backyard on the water… …with a place for the dogs even! We continued to haphazardly stroll, […]

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Belgium, 2007

In preparing the last two articles on the fascinating harp guitars at the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum that I got to experience “close up and personal” in 2007, I stumbled upon my photo journal of that remarkable trip.  This is now almost ten year old news, and so took place before I started this blog […]

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Harp Guitars in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum, Part 2

Last week I took you behind the scenes at the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum as Benoit Meulle-Stef (Ben) and I got up close and personal with their amazing “harpe-gitarre” in 2007. There were two other fascinating off-exhibit harp guitars that I was keen on inspecting and the staff obliged us with those as well. Like […]

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Harp Guitars in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum, Part 1

A couple weeks ago, Alex Timmerman (who incidentally is one of the very few serious harp guitar historians) posted the photo at right on his Facebook page and it reminded me of an important and long-delinquent article on my “To-Do” list! If this remarkable-looking instrument looks familiar, it may be because it was the very […]

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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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