The Joe Biden of the Harp Guitar

It seems I’m on a roll with this theme… This time it’s Frank Doucette.  Not only is he an actual “vice president” (of The Harp Guitar Foundation), but more importantly, he’s also the little-recognized man behind much of the “harp guitar scenes.” For example – aside from Beyond Six Strings, not one Harp Guitar Music […]

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The Manufacturing Engineer of the Harp Guitar

That would be me. OK, a lame little play on the last blog title. We’ve got 3 key people out at work (did you know that Northrup Grumman now pays up to 6 weeks Paternity Leave?!…yes, that’s to allow the dad to bond with his new baby during the “critical period”…so when am I gonna […]

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The Antoine Dufour of the Arpa Viola Caipira

That would be Brad Hoyt.  The Arpa Viola Caipira (or “AVC” for short) is, as you probably know, the harp guitar “cousin” that he invented (with the help of luthier Steve Sedgwick).  Of course, as Brad remains the only known owner and player of the AVC, we could pretty much call him the “(Fill-in-the-blank with […]

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Gibson Harp Steel

Alas, only Knutsen made “Harp Hawaiian Guitars,” or as we now call them, harp steels. Nevertheless, this woman decided to re-purpose her standard Gibson Style U harp guitar into a “super harp steel guitar” – with 10 chromatic subs to support her slide work.  I can only wonder if she used the basses – I […]

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In Search of Genoese Harp Guitars, Part 13: Genoa’s First Harp Guitar Exhibit

We left off at lunch time after a relaxing yet exhilarating free morning on Day 8 – but now things were going to get a whole lot more exciting! As I said earlier, Franco wasn’t just helping Jaci and I enjoy a first-time vacation trip to Genoa, he had specifically planned a full harp guitar […]

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More on Amend, the One-Armed Harp Guitarist

After several years with and collecting/archiving hundreds of rare images of harp guitar players, this still has to be just about the most amazing photograph ever.  You’ll remember it from the special Knutsen Archives feature, Bert Amend & the One-Armed Musicians, which debuted in February, 2004 (  We owe the discovery of the remarkable […]

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The Omnipresent Vardon & Perry

I can’t keep up with those boys – the historical harp guitar duo that no one remembers that keeps cropping up!  For those new to our story (and it is a story), you’ll want to start at the beginning with “’Wilber’ Wanted” and then “Vardon, Perry & Wilber Revisited.” So I was going through my […]

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HGG9 Change of Digs

Your Harp Guitar Foundation Board has been quietly but earnestly working behind the scenes to negotiate a new venue for this year’s Gathering.  The dates will remain the same.  Seems there was a little snafu with the union at Quinnipiac U (Teamsters vs. Harp Guitarists – I can see the headline now…). We will now […]

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Beardsell Sightings

Alan Beardsell up in Canada makes one cool-looking harp guitar.  Only 2 or 3 built so far I think.  The other day, fellow Canadian Martin Larose sent me this photo of himself with his new Beardsell harp guitar (at left).  His (work-in-progress) site’s song samples sound like he’s got lots of techniques and ideas, and […]

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Harp Guitar Medley

Ahh, my irrepressible Title puns… This one is in reference to a fellow named Keith Medley – a new, 30 years-in-the-making harp guitarist. He was discovered by the our community some time last year by a member, but then recently, when I wanted to add his unique instrument to the Luthier page, I couldn’t […]

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