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Guitarist/composer extraordinaire Alex de Grassi will be giving the debut perfomance on a new harp guitar built by Fred Carlson, as part of "The Santa Cruz County Art of Guitar Exhibit and Festival".  The concert will take place on March 1st, at 8:00 pm, at the R. Blitzer Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA.  Also featured will be guitarists Evan Hirschelman and William Coulter, playing guitars by Kenny Hill, Jeff Traugott and Santa Cruz Guitar Company.

The concert is part of an exhibit that runs from February 1st through March 15th at the R. Blitzer Gallery.

The new harp guitar by Fred that will be debuted is his latest Harp-Sympitar, "The Humanitar", a 40-string, humanesque (is that a word?...it's nicer than "anthropomorphic", which also describes it) guitar/sculpture.

Anyone who can get there oughta try....but get advance tickets, the place only seats 100.  Here are links for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/santacruzcountyartofguitar

http://www.santacruzluthiers.org

If you do make the trek, be sure to look me up!     Fred

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Great news! Any photos yet?

Take care and happy new year

BenoƮt
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Yes, his other thread!
http://harpguitars.websitetoolbox.com/post/the-humanitar-is-being-born-6702617?trail=25#2

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humanitar.jpg Yep, the legend continues!!!!

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Hey, Nate...where'd you get that picture?

We just had the opening of the Gallery exhibit last night; 18 luthiers featured.  They gave me a whole big corner of a room for The Humanitar and woodcut artwork.  It's a great exhibit.  I just talked with Alex; he's planning on trying to come down to Santa Cruz in advance of the concert so we can tinker with the instrument and get him familiarized with it;  I can't bring it to him because it's in the exhibit, but he can play on it there.

Check out the other thread (Makers) for more pictures.

Fred

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http://www.losgatosmagazine.com/2014/01/28/guitar-hero-luthier-fred-carlson/

More good stuff about Fred!

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Cool
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Very cool story, thanks for posting the link. Fred, your whimsical creations not only blow my mind but they always are guaranteed to put a huge smile on my face. Thanks for showing us a different way of looking at things.

-jay
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Many thanks for the kind words!

This Saturday is the concert debut mentioned above.  Alex (de Grassi) has been great, really into it; he came down for a couple of days 2 weeks ago to hang out with the Humanitar in the Gallery (during off hours); we played around with tunings and different ideas for what can be done on it.  I've been tweaking sympathetic strings and other adjustments...the thing sounds great but there's so many possibilities it will take a lot of work/play to really figure it out.

Fred

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