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Nice article on the HG and Octocorda by fellow researcher Paul Fox in the new Vintage Guitar (John Lennon on the cover).

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here is a link to the instrument.

http://www.epiphone.com/thevintagecollection/vintage1.html



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Of course my first question is, what were those 3 tuner holes in the guitar head-stock originally meant for?


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Are rumors of the P.D.Q. Bach Harp Guitar with 12.5 strings true?

Sorry about my lame joke, but the Epiphone harp guitar just looks ridiculous to me, and the description reminds me of the beautifully-written stuff at the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

Please don't tell me you were all joking to begin with.
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Chris:  I think that the Bridge is not the original one and is covering 3 more holes for additional subbasses.  I read the article Gregg is referring to and it claims that this harp guitar is the "missing link" between Anastasios Stathopoulo's death and the resurrection of the House of Stathopoulo (epiphone) in 1917.  It claims that the guitar was built approx. 1920-22 and the workmanship had several flaws.  Since Anastasios died in 1915 it appears that he did not have anything to do with this project.  Furthermore the instrument has many similarities to the 1923 Roy Smeck Octachorda which displays much improved workmanship.


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Was the Octachorda originally meant to be played lap style, or spanish?


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Paul's VG article has been dramatically expanded with additional material on both the octochorda and the harp guitar (including a discovery someone sent me just after the article was published).  He has shared this with us as a permanent archived article on this site - see the new Harp Guitar of the Month!

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I have a 'Roy Smeck tenor guitar' by Harmony, for sale. The world needs some tenor harp guitars.

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That's a great article, Gregg! Congrats, Paul!

There are a couple of modern luthiers making instruments (including a tenor) that are vaguely reminiscent of the n-chorda shape. It's amazing to learn of it's Epi ancestry.

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Thanks, Darrell.  Yeah, Paul's a tenacious researcher, who manages to successfully bridge the gap between private collectors/researchers and museums/scholars (as I try to do).  If you check out the Gibson History on his new site, you'll see that he scooped me on my Cadenza discovery of the exact date of the infamous "first catalog" appearance (this is big news, and amazingly, after all these decades of Gibson obsession, the first and only provenance).  He's one of just a handful of co-collaborators on the BMG project, as he's spent hours turning my thousands of photos into semi-searchable PDFs (we're not done yet...).

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Is there any connection between the n-chorda and the early Epi recording series instruments? They seem born of the same father at least (cutaway shape, black tops).


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