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I did a search of the website and couldn't find these 2 names. I didn't know whether to post under players or makers but ultimately decided on players since Rich DiCarlo is an "occasional" HG builder and Michele Ramo is devoted, though not exclusive, HG player. Michele(pronounced "Me-kel-ay) plays for the most part in a duo with his wife, Heidi Hepner. He's originally from Italy but I believe that he is now based in New York. Here is links to his and his builder Rich DiCarlo's websites:

 

http://www.ramomusic.com/home/

http://dicarloguitars.com/home/

 

I'll leave it to Gregg to decide whether Michele's "hei-d super mostro guitar" with the 7th and 8th string on the fretboard but not fretted meet criteria for HG status. Michele, btw, has a link on his website for harpguitars.net

 

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Thanks, Esau.  Yes, Rich's instrument is a tough one to find, since (as you might've guessed), it's not technically a harp guitar.  It's on the Multi-Course Guitar page (a "reference page," not a "harp guitar" gallery). 
I forget if you saw my Sunday talk, which might've touched on this, though I didn't go into this level of detail.  (yes, a fretless neck that is meant to be played, eliminates the "harp guitar" aspect).
In this case, I had to ask both the builder (who thought he might've built a harp guitar) and player to describe the invention and intent.  And it was always to have 2 fretless bass strings incorporated into a guitar.  Ergo, Michele is not a harp guitarist, nor is he "in practice."  I saw him at NAMM in January, and he is an amazing player!
Hah!  Just after I wrote this, I see you found a new instrument of the pair - looks like a 7-string (fretless?) guitar with a small harp body section?  Perhaps they want to get on the site after all!


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