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Is this guy playing a harp guitar or not? Those look like symathetics to me. I guess if you play them, does that make it a harp guitar?



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Cool. In this case, a picture is not worth a thousand words...what is his hand doing? What is the tuning? Any sound coming out? Who he is?

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Here's a link to the band's site: http://flairck.com/gal.php

If you click on the Erik in Solo section, you will see a few pictures of him playing this instrument.

They also have a nice instrument collection if you click on the instruments section. The "Organ Hurdy Gurdy" is especially interesting.


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Thanks Brad - they also have a Schrammel - don't know if he plays that as well.
Here's Erik's solo CD (pretty nice) with clips: http://flairck.com/discography.php?id=70
He plays the "resonance guitar" - it didn't stand out on a first quick listen...

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Even without going to the website I can tell from the picture that he's about to pick his nose with his thumb (which definitely makes him harp-guitarist material; whether or not it makes the instrument a harp guitar is still a question, but even I can tell it's not a banjo). 

yours observingly,

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Too funny Fred!
Thank You.

An interesting instrument either way.


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     Yes too funny. Thanks for that Fred. Michael


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You just can't argue with creative genius!!!

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I'm in complete agreement there, Dennis, and obviously anyone who thinks I'm funny is a creative genius!

You should all feel honored that I care enough about the harp guitar community to resist telling any of my really first-class snot jokes at this point.

Funny Fred

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I dunno Fred.....some of us with equally twisted senses of humor may actually feel deprived!

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Is he tapping a "fingerboard" covering that "arm" extension? Causing the symp strings to ring inside?


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Darrell,

The extra strings on the short neck definitely run on top of an ebony-looking fingerboard.  Using the little magnifier goodie in Windows Vista I can get in close enough to see them.  So it does look like he's probably hitting, brushing or tapping the strings with his hand.  The most bewildering thing to me is where those strings go...they disappear at the body.  They don't travel diagonally across the top like I'd assumed, at least not outside the instrument.  I can't see well enough to determine if they pass below the soundhole area inside the body.  If they just stop at the edge of the upper bout (like it looks to me they do) then they are awfully short strings, and may not do a whole lot sympathetically.  They may just be high pitched harp strings.
Brad, where did these pictures come from...can you gives us a link, or some further insight?  Ooops, now I see the link...I'll check it out.

Nope, not much info on that particular instrument.  I did find the web-site of its builder, one Bert Kwakkel, an apparently highly regarded classical builder; made that one in 1984.  But I couldn't find any info about it anywhere.  So we can happily speculate with impunity, about things like whether or not he gets more fingers than just his thumb into his nostrils...OK, I know I'm terrible...I'll go home now!


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Hi Fred,

I thought that the strings went through the side and then under the soundboard where the soundhole is but I'm not so sure now...

Here's another picture sure to conjure up more speculation - I believe I see a row of guitar tuners on the back of the mini sympathetic string slab..!

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     Looks like the sympathetic strings attach to an internal bridge then extend up inside the body (seen through the sound hole) through the side of the instrument, over a rounded or roller nut at the end to tuners located on the back of the appendage. In the picture he seems to be lightly strumming the sympathetic strings (an effect as done on a Sitar). Very cool application.
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In the second picture at the top of this thread, you can kinda see lines (strings?) moving across the sound hole.

I think he looks more like he's muting the strings rather than strumming.

Also, when listening to clips on his website that are recorded with this "resonance guitar" I can't hear the sympathetics at all. I wonder how effective those sympathetics actually are. I remember Fred saying once that the most effective configuration for sympathetics was to be close and parallel to the strings being played.

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Yeah, I think I do see the faint hint of strings through the sound hole.  The attachment to pegs at the back of the neck is very strange...seems like it would be really hard to tune those strings going around a bend like that, unless the roller/nut has bearings in it or something.  And where do they attach inside?  It kind of looks as though there is a diagonal bar of some sort (seen through the soundhole), perhaps to support those strings.  All very mysterious and intriguing!

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   Tuners in the back like this...
   http://www.andymanson.co.uk/photos-group-50.html

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Thanks for that link, Michael...that's an amazing instrument!  I'd like to hear him play it!

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