Further Further…

A few folks were trying to play “Guess the Instrument” (and thus, player) on the FBSS cover last week. So here are some additional clues from the inside panel:

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Keith Medley, Part 2

Stacy Hobbs sent me this link a few days ago. It seems our new harp guitar friend Keith Medley (who I first wrote about in February here) got an impromptu visit from CNN, who shot a video that has subsequently been going viral! Keith, ever humble, was again worried that too much was being made […]

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Harp Guitar Design: Past, Present and Future?

Apparently, there’s a new “pope” in town…or at least that’s what Rich Mermer might be thinking. Well, at least demonstrating.  I’m not sure how/why the photographer captured this particular moment, but I’d be very much surprised if Rich wasn’t thinking of me at the time. What he’s doing is giving a presentation (with the title […]

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Further Beyond…

Finally! The long-awaited sequel to the original first-ever harp guitar compilation has “left the building” – off for production. Just reviewing the final master carefully while the printing begins. Man, I (and a few others) have been busting butt on this for quite some time, but I think the result will be well worth it.  […]

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New Luthiers

This amazing creation was discovered by Ben last week. It is by Canadian maker Hubert Soumis-Pilon (Saradip Guitars), and is a modern Sullivan-Elliott-style 21-string nod to this this instrument by Viennese maker Schenk. He displayed at the Montreal Guitar Show, where I assume John Doan got to play it, while performing there this year.  Anyone […]

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Gibson Meets Knutsen Meets Mammoth

This has got to be one of the most interesting harp guitars I’ve seen in awhile… It clearly begins with elements of the classic Gibson, but then adds the most amazingly beefy hollow arm extension I think I’ve ever seen.  Plus super-trebles a la Knutsen/Doan, on a cool cutaway, yet. What a fascinating Photoshop experiment, […]

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Fretboard Journal #22

My copy just arrived and I was delighted to see a feature on A) Muriel Anderson, and B) Kathy & Jimmi Wingert ! The former piece features 3 great teaser shots of Muriel’s latest Doolin, while the latter features a shot of her first harp guitar inlay – Frank Doucette’s HG #1 headstock! Nice job, […]

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Harp Guitar Gathering 8 Videos

We finally have the first 3 up –  and they are gorgeous! Thanks to Brad and crew for capturing such quality footage and sound. Thanks to Jeff Titus for editing these first 3: Muriel Anderson & John Doan Jeff Titus, with Brad Hoyt Brian Torosian NOTE: We need volunteers for professional editing (Jeff’s work schedule […]

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Harp Guitar Patents of the 21st Century

Is this the first one? Ben found this – a U.K. patent by one Steven Charles Anthony Malinoff of London.  I couldn’t find anything on him. But does it look familiar?  It did to me, too.  It’s the “Ha Shem” played by Esteban Antonio.  It was built by Spanish luthier Stephen Hill – as you […]

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Not a Harp Guitar, but I’m Not Complaining

That’s because this is one of those rare “holy-grails” on my fantasy wish list – that just became reality. A 1792 Renault arch-cistre (arch-cittern) in fantastic original condition.  There was a bit of “fate” to acquiring this one…suffice it to say, that the time (and budget) was right. As HG.net readers may know, this is […]

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