A week ago I got my first (kind of) harp guitar. It is a Harwood, probably 1903, with a little nameplate on the fretboard and a stamp on the back of the peghead that says "Harwood New York." This guy has been seriously butchered - one neck removed and the peghead cut in half. Not sure if the bridge is original; it has 18 pins, 6 for the fretted neck. The neck is real straight and the top is nice and flat. The back has a couple of cracks and dead sounding braces. The neck heel has a split and a crude repair. The guitar has a lot of playing wear, with deep grooves in the fretboard and a "thumbprint" above the soundhole.
I put a set of very light steel strings on it and it actually sounds good! Intonation's not too bad and considering how worn the fingerboard and frets are, the action is ok. I'm gonna just keep playing it as a six-string for a while, and eventually decide how to rescue it...if any of you harp guitar experts have any ideas about this instrument I'd love to hear them.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and comments, David
PS sorry the pix are so huge. My computer-savvy wife will have to show me how to reduce file size on these things.