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Hi, 

I'm Jeff Comas, I've been playing guitar since I was 13 or so (currently 51) and I am very interested in playing harp guitar. I've been studying available info on the internet. I think I want a hollow arm style instrument with  5 or 6 sub bass strings, probably not super trebles. Wondering about trying to start with a Holloway vs having an instrument built or finding a used instrument. It seems no mater the choice waiting is involved. 

My current budget is about $2,000 hopefully enough for a Holloway, which I understand may be coming out by the end of summer- first come, first served. The other options would require saving up funds for a year or two.

I also wonder whether to go nylon or steel strings. I play electric and acoustics guitars and studied classical guitar in college.

I appreciate any input anyone cares to give. BTW Thanks to Gregg managing this forum.

Jeff

BTW I also play a bit of Chapman Stick.

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Jeff,

 

Welcome to the asylum!!  Leave your 6-string at the door....

 

Unfortunately (for would-be harp-guitarists), there's not much available in the way of mass-produced harp guitars (that's generally not as much of a problem for us luthier types!).  $2,000. is not much to go on....you might get lucky with an old instrument that needs some fixing, but you never know what you're getting into there.  I don't know much about the Holloway; I had mixed feelings about the Lark in The Morning HG I saw some years ago at a Gathering, and I don't know if they even still sell those.  My take on that one was that it might have some problems, but with a good going over by an experienced luthier, and possibly some modifications, it might be a serviceable starter instrument.

 

In any case, good luck!

 

Fred


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Jeff... I sent you an  email  with my thoughts

 

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Jeff, welcome to the forum. The Holloways are wonderful guitars and would make most players very happy. Kontragitarres are also nice instruments if you can shop outside the Dyer-style box. Luthier Benoit Meulle-Stef(active on this forum) is an incredibly knowledgeable maker of kontragitarres(among many others) and he would be a great source of information(and might have a harp guitar or two for sale in your price range). I can personally attest that he's a charming and wonderful eccentric(i.e., a luthier!).

Esau

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful replies.
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http://www.tonedevilguitars.com 
we will have 3 harp guitars up for sale in the very near future, in the $2000 price range. African mahogany or walnut. 

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Anthony,
Thanks for your post. I had already made a purchase on Ebay several days before your post. Your instruments look nice. 
Jeff

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So, I now have a Jay Buckey Instrument. Any suggestions on good beginner arrangements?


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"The House of the Rising Sun" will get you started on finding your bass strings. Then it's on to "Flight of the Bumble Bee". "The Water is Wide" will come in handy at the gathering. Please come!
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Thank you Michael, for your suggestions.

BTW that is a beautiful instrument you made.

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Personally I just started to play my usual (bad) stuff on my harp guitar and added basses around...

Benoît
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Ben is correct. Play some stuff you already know and add basses. My most impressive piece at the moment is "Yesterday" in C. Nice descending bass lines...A, G, F and later...C, B, A.

Thank you for your compliment. I have another one struggling to be birthed very soon.  

Michael

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