Archive for the ‘Historical Players’ Category

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 […]

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.” […]

Dyer Harp Guitar Vintage Photos

I’ve been amassing a small trove it seems…most of these are discoveries from the last year and a half, a couple are from earlier that I just stumbled across. Unfortunately, some of the sources were lost during a computer crash last September; if you see one you recognize and have more to share, please do! […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Harp Guitar Gathering 15 – Part 2

For those of you who couldn’t make it – and for those of you who were there but didn’t have time to properly absorb it – NAMM has posted an article on the exhibit that all Gathering goers were treated to, and that will run through the end of next April. The bulk of the […]


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