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...is really harp guitars of the month, as we present our 4th Time Capsule feature -  harp history from 1979!

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I also just updated the April 2005 HG of the Month, as I was able to acquire this incredible instrument, which I just got back from Kerry Char's restoration.


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With the help of Chris Wilhelm and Ben, we have a great new HG of the Month!


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     Wow, Wow, Wow!!! What a beautiful instrument Gregg (Harp Guitar of the Month:Gibson). Thanks for sharing the pics and commentary. The 6 bass Gibson HG I am rebuilding needs extensive repair. New necks, new binding, and rosette repair. Do you think I should stick to a faithful reconstruction as close to original as possible or is it permissible (from your and Ben's point of view) to restore with rope binding and abalone rosette accents. As it is, I need to reinforce the instrument to avoid common problems I often see on these guitars or it will just fall apart again. I will make the reinforcement improvements as invisible as possible. I would reconstruct cosmetically using features seen only on Gibson harp guitars.

                                                Michael


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Michael:

 

I love the sound of Tom Shiness's gibson harp guitar which has had extensive restoration.  They took several liberties in reconstruction and in my opinion made a vastly superior guitar.

 

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     Thanks Nate, that is what my goal is with this instrument. For me personally, the Gibson HG is the most beautiful instrument on earth. I am trying to keep the beauty while improving the playability and reliability. 

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July's Harp Guitar of the Month is my Hansen, and is titled
This is a slightly expanded and updated version of my Winter Guitarmaker article, complete with corrections and missing footnotes.
I still have a few copies of the magazine left, so feel free to pick up a souvenir besides enjoying the free online version

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Pretty cool Guitar. I am glad you made it possible to increase the size of the photos so we can view more detail. 
                           Michael

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You're welcome, Michael.  The majority of the photos on HG.net open up to larger (full screen) sizes.  And remember that many of the photos I have available in much higher res than the web's 72 ppi (if I can find them in my vast files!). Not that I want to advertise it, but they are available to serious researchers if necessary.

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i d have to agree with WOW ... that is an amazing specimin of Gibson history and may reveal some intresting facts about the G. history ... however i d have to disagree with Mike, i still think the nutsen one arm design is far superior to the strait wood bar on a giant mandolin body. not that i wouldnt want to have, and play a nice 6 sub archtop giby, for some jazzy tunes. i just totally like Doolins archtop hg design... one~armed just looks sweet.
nice HG of the mo.
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March's HG of the Month is simply too cool for words.  Good luck topping this!
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So it does exist! That's an amazing photo. Wow!

Could you imagine the flight case required for that thing?

I wonder if any luthier would even consider making a modern copy of that harp guitar.



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you own that thing????!!!!  how and where did you find it?


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Nate - I assume you mean the mando, not the Candi.  Yes, kinda makes a trip to the MM worthwhile!
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Both amazing, Gregg! On Brad's question, I'd guess Andy Manson might have a go at it. Or maybe Fred?

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Gregg,
Wow!! Where do these things come from??  OK, I know you're in the process of figuring that out and illuminating it for all of us; I don't mean quite so literally.  I don't even know where my own ideas come from, much less my occasional ability to manifest them!

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That harp-mando is something else...what a find!  But it's the Candi HG that really does it.  Definitely not the way I would have designed it, but his lines are very right on, great visual balance and composition.  By contrast, the lines of the mando are a bit clunky, though the overall sculpture still is striking.  Just not as refined in some way as the Candi.

And Dennis, I could certainly be caught making something like that.  In fact, it really has a lot in common with my "Humanitar" idea.  That's something I hope to make at least one or two of in the next few years; I've been gestating the idea for quite a while now, and even have some interest in it from others.  Essentially it's a (some might say grotesquely)anthropomorphised version of the Candi design.  And no, I'd never seen the Candi instrument or heard anything about him or it until just now.

Keep it up, Greggster...you are the Pope! 

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July's HG of the Month is one of my favorites - the ingenious (albeit flawed) Shutt Mando-Bass-Harp-Guitar. Part of a huge new Shutt feature (Shutt is the featured Luthier and Player also).
About 3 years in the making, this is the first and only major article on Albert Shutt and his instruments.  Ostensibly about his unique harp guitar(s), I used it as an excuse to present all of his rare instruments - since this material would otherwise probably never see the light of day.  Members can view full-size images, patents and a  rare complete catalog.  Thanks to many individuals, but mostly his grandson, Jack Shutt.

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The more I look at Shutt's instrument, the more I am reminded of Doolin's latest creation with the two necks.....


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Early March brings a special Harp Guitar of the Month...

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Cool!
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Very nicely done Gregg. And what a great idea to record Stephen talking about the history that surrounds the instrument!

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Fantastic!

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