Pikasso HG on a Budget

Brad Hoyt just found this video today…some guy who built his own Metheny-style “Pikasso” harp guitar!  (Yes, Linda spelled “Picasso” like that) Fun! Though I’m not sure how anxious I am for this to catch on….

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Happy Easter!

A beautiful southern Cal day, and the whole family had a successful egg hunt in the back yard.  See Auggie’s Doggie Bloggie for more.

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W. S. Ellis and His Hawaiian Orchestre

Here’s a rare photograph taken in Lakemont Park, Pennsylvania in September, 1914. It was brought to my attention by Les Cook (whose name has cropped up multiple times in my blog), who ran across it on the Blair County, PA GenWeb Archive site.  It took some time, but after writing them, and them forwarding my […]

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Steve Sedgwick’s U.K. Article

…looks great!  I hope someone can send me a copy.  Brad Hoyt sent me the tiny thumbs at left from Steve’s site, as his AVC is pictured 3 times!  And there’s Jason Carter bowing his original Sedgwick…and on the workbench, some kind of Sullivan-Elliott style? Congrats, Stephen – you’ve earned it! Speaking of AVCs…Brad’s final […]

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Giulietti Update: New Instruments and First Discovered Recording!

An almost unknown (certainly in the States) family of harp guitar players and/or builders just 2 years ago, the Giulietti clan (father Tullio and sons, Armando, who built, and Giulio, who played) are now well on their way to posterity.  At least that’s the aim of Harpguitars.net.  Thanks to Giulietti family friend Roger Belloni and […]

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Gathering Registration Ready!

We’ve got the Online and Mail Registration set-up and operational. The price this year includes Dinner with the Friday Night Opening Ceremonies and Open Mic evening.  Sunday night party is separate.  The Bennett’s ate there and vouch for the quality (way beyond last year), so please avail yourself of it!  Despite the slight increase, the […]

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Important New Guitar History Books

The first book (received yesterday, shown at left) is the long-awaited bible of American plucked stringed instrument patents, assembled by Mugwumps founder Michael Holmes.  What a project!  I think he’s been working on this since I first met him 15 years ago.  It lists every single one – nearly 1200!   Now it’ll probably take me […]

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HGG9

Or for the uninitiated, Harp Guitar Gathering 9!   First time in the Northeast (Milford, CT), so we expect the whole East Coast contingent! Logo designed by Stephen’s nephew Marshall… We’ve started the page (HGG9.com), with this year’s featured folks listed.  We’ll be working out schedule details before long.   I can say: You asked for it, […]

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Bogen-Building

First off, I wanted to mention that I’ve now added both Jan Tuláček and Scot Tremblay to the Luthier page (the first section, as both have built numerous historical harp guitars).  Examples of what they’ve made and/or offer are of course included. Scot, and also David Schramm, who are both now building extra-string Scherzer copies […]

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New Virtual Miner Museum of Vintage, Exotic & Just Plain Musical Instruments

This has been an ongoing goal, spurred on by my new insurer (Anderson Group) requiring photos of each of my crazy, un-serialized, one-of-a-kind instruments.  I’ve been chipping away at it ever since Laurie Evans jump-started new photography for that book project a couple months back, and I continued with my own. I didn’t need anything […]

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