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A new harp guitar has come into existence just recently and most specifically belongs to me. It is a 21 string HG designed and built by luthier extraordinaire Jim Worland from Rockford, Illinois. http://worlandguitars.com/ Jim and I began discussing the possibilities almost three years ago this coming January... Ideas and design talks ensued and the build began Early spring of 2011. It has somewhat of a traditional look with modern ideas. The binding and purfling are reminiscent of Knutsons but the back and sides are made of a Samoan wood called monkey pod. Also included are sharping levers on the sub basses and super trebles along with a compliment of passive electronics for all strings. The sub basses have geared cello style tuning pegs and ea super treble has a violin style fine tuner. Also of interest is the removable back plate for access to the electronics and the removable magnetic side port on the harp arm for player listening/resonance. The HG has a sweet sound, beautifully sustaining sub basses and the super trebles chime quite well. At this point the guitar is spending time breaking me in and waiting for me to develop some more prowess and skill.......it will take some time for sure. Jim has skillfully built this instrument with care and the photos are some he had professionally taken before I picked it up 2 weeks ago. Enjoy the photos Respectfully tc

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Sweeeeet!

I love the bridge arrangement!

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She's a beauty. Do you have a link to more pics?

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I will post link to build and pics this evening.
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Here is a link to build photos

Special thanks to Jim Worland!

Hope it works....enjoy


http://tinyurl.com/Harp-Guitar-Build

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Thanks for the eye candy! Nicely done and almost every thing you could want (I actually can't think of anything else). Are the bass strings tuned descending from D to E? What is the super treble tuning from lowest note to highest note. Does it start with e ? Is the sound dampened in any way by the super treble bridge pushing down on the top as the guitar and bass bridges pull the top up?

Michael

P.S.  WOW!


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Thanx Michael

The sub basses are tuned descending from D to E..I have experimented with a few alternate tunings as well. Te super trebles run from e up to e. but with the sharping levers on both the sub basses and super trebles there are lot of options open.

The super trebles ring quite well...don't believe the bass bridge is causing any muting. The sub basses also sustain well. ( they are wrapped nylon).

A few minor adjustments to be made yet. The neck is so straight there is some fret buzzing on the low A and E strings mid neck. I may possibly go from medium light strings to a medium weight. Elixir are some of my favorites on my Taylor....butI would appreciate any advice from anyone out there....






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I experimented with D'Addario Phosphor bronze EJ16 and Elixir phosphor bronze nanoweb16052 on my Sullivan/Elliott style HG's. I like the Elixir best. They are both light sets at .012 - .053. What gauge are your trebles? At that length I would guess .011 maybe.

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The trebles are 0.10 gauge.. I am a fan of elixir strings...just like the sound I guess..I am going to look into them for sure.

As far as sub basses I am using ones ordered from Gregg at harp guitar. They are La Bella 0.54 to 0.74. I have 0.80 but as of yet I am reluctant to put it on. I want the instrument too settle before I make any changes like that.

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Gorgeous looking instrument.  Would love to hear it someday.
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Oohh very nice!!!
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I hope to get to Harp Guitar 2014...

Anyone know where it will be?


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Breath-taking...simply beautiful!

later,

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yaouen

I followed links and listened to Celtic Wind....stunning! Beautiful....Kudos

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Thank you for listening to my music.

Congratulations for your harp guitar, she's very beautiful.


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