Archive for the ‘Historical Makers’ Category

Harp Guitar Exhibit Visit

Last night we went down to The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad for the final sold-out concert in the Harp Guitar series (Stephen Bennett).  He was alternately captivating and hilarious as always.  He asked me up to close the night with “The Water is Wide” as tribute to our friend Dennis Mitchell, who passed […]

Scotland, 2017 Part 5: Monday Musical Field Trip

Star Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017.  Location: Edinburgh, Scotland.  What & Why: The annual AMIS Meeting. This was to be the last day of the 2017 Meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society, which had teamed up once again with the British Isles’ Galpin Society to double our musical instrument geek-out experience.  The conference was […]

Lead Belly’s Dolceolist

Here’s an impromptu non-harp guitar-related post that I thought would be a treat for those into any and all of the following seemingly unrelated topics: Lead Belly ‘50s folk-pop music Edgar Bergen Therapy Dogs Hollywood The Dolceola Yes, believe it or not, they converge thusly: Within my extensive Dolceola section in the Fretless Zithers portion […]

Russian Harp Guitar Catchup

For those new to this subject, all you need to know for now is that Russian guitars typically feature seven strings on the neck rather than six, and are tuned not in fourths but to an open G chord.  “Harp guitar” versions then add three or more floating bass strings to the equation.  In all […]

Lost Scroll of the Ages Addendum

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t yet read the new issue of The Fretboard Journal (#41, Spring 2018), you might want to do so before spoiling the surprise below.  If you don’t have a copy, I’d recommend you run right out and get one (or better yet, just subscribe!).  It includes a piece I submitted early […]

Akustik Gitarre Magazine Harp Guitar Time Capsule

In 2011, one of the participants at HGG9 (the 9th Harp Guitar Gathering) was Michael Lohr, who had come all the way from Germany.  He had gotten the bug after seeing Stephen Bennett and soon bought one of the China Holloways, which he brought with him.  He fit our group like a glove, had a […]

Milanese Master Luthier Luigi Galimberti

Attendees at October’s Harp Guitar Gathering were treated to (among other things) a recent acquisition of mine – a beautiful 1932 Galimberti harp guitar, one of only two known by this maker.  No sooner did I get it safely back home than I received one of those emails I described in my emotional closing night […]

New Knutsens for the New Year!

Since the “K” is pronounced, my title didn’t end up the clever alliterative heading I had hoped.  Nor is it in reference to the nearly hundred Knutsen instruments I have yet to add to the Archives.  Instead, these are some brand-new ephemera discoveries, a particular passion of mine.  None have yet appeared on the site. […]

The 15th Anniversary Harp Guitar Gathering: A First Timer’s Experience

As much as I’d love to do my weekly photo blog series to capture the epic 15th Anniversary Harp Guitar Gathering Jaci and I hosted this year, I’m leaving that for others for now. We start with this epic guest blog from a first timer to the Gathering, and only a second timer to the […]

Plucked String Books of 2017

Hey all – I’m way behind, and before I forget, wanted to share this recent crop of books that may interest you.  Some harp guitar-related, lots of mandolin info and other esoteric stuff.  All are labors of love – meaning, these folks who I am proud to call friends and colleagues just want to share […]


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