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ukdavo

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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. 



John_Bushouse

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That's some mighty pretty wood  on the back and sides - Brazilian, I presume?  How wide is the guitar? 

I don't have any good suggestions for repair, aside from finding someone to make a new neck.  But you'll have plenty of time to decide on that once you've gotten to know the guitar a bit better.

ukdavo

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Yes, from what I've read the back and sides are Brazilian Rosewood. I suppose there's some possibility of it being plywood, but I doubt it. The guitar measures 19" across the bass. Thanks for your response. I agree, playing it and enjoying it for now is the way to go. David
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