Archive for the ‘Historical Players’ Category

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 […]

Floating Strings…

Holy Sub-basses, Batman!  This thing is happening! Before you click on the link…some updates: We always have a dozen late-comers to the Gathering and will accommodate them as always.  However, please be advised: Hotel filled up and we added another small block of rooms at our special rate.  We have this rate until late September […]

Danish Harp Guitar Discoveries

I was fortunate a few months ago to have inspired one of my readers enough for them to tackle a new research project and author an article for us.  He is Thomas Nielsen of Denmark, and his piece is a rare English language look at Danish guitarist Soffren Degen, our current Harpguitars.net Player of the […]

Some Assembly Required

Yes, it’s Christmas morning, and in keeping with the nostalgia theme of Jaci’s and my annual holiday card, here’s a tribute to all the fathers (and less I sound too 2016 politically incorrect, a mother or two) who ever had to unfold those detailed yet inarticulate plans and actually try to assemble the attractive item […]


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