“No great thing is created suddenly.”
Coming soon - 23 String Harp Guitar!
For the last 2 years I have been co-designing a 23 string Harp Guitar - a rare kind of 'extended guitar' that consists of an ordinary 6-string guitar but with additional un-fretted strings on either side of the bridge. This allows the player to play like a conventional guitarist but also to add much higher and lower notes than are normally possible and to orchestrate the music in fabulous new ways. For more info on Harp Guitars in general try a google search or read up here http://www.harpguitars.net - they are amazing!
I intend to eventually use this instrument for concerts and recordings (when I have spent some time learning to play it!), so please get in touch if you are interested in hearing a Harp Guitar in the UK.
Work on the construction of my Harp Guitar has now begun by master luthier Stuart Mewburn (http://mewburnguitars.com).
(Right) This is the finished design for the outline - look carefully at the strings either side of the soundhole.
|(Left) The Soundboard, finished with Flamenco-style struts.|
|(Right) Making the curves of the sides and inner linings which are bent by hand.|
|(Left) The sides are nearly all assembled, but not yet glued.|
|Here the top has been glued to the sides and the 3 tuner areas are ready to have their pegs installed. The neck still needs to be shaped.|
I have posted all of the build-pictures (about 100) and builder's comments that I have received so far in a photo album on my Facebook page so if you would like to watch it grow just "like" the page and have a look every now and then.
Watch this page regularly for updates!
Here are links to some Harp Guitarists that I admire:
- http://www.johndoan.com - my good friend John Doan who sometimes comes to tour the UK
- http://jasoncarter.net/index.html - a truly versatile and original international player
- http://www.seraphharpguitars.com - another good friend, Tony Seeger who also designed his own amazing instrument
- http://harpguitar.com - Stephen Bennet, a wonderful player and composer on the Harp Guitar
- http://murielanderson.com - Muriel Anderson, a really talented player and composer
- http://www.stephensedgwick.co.uk - The UK's specialist Harp Guitar luthier