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I just got my copy (Amazon) of the new, definitive resource on all the L&H/Washburn early instruments.  It includes B&W and color photos and illustrations of their harp guitars, including the Washburn Lyre Guitar (in both 6-string and HG versions) and my Monster Bass HG.  Now I just have to find time to read it!


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I have been able to skim through it quickly and noticed two things immediately.

First:  our old friend Harp guitar #1 by Hansen makes a guest appearance

Second:  there is a really old picture of a Lyre harp guitar which I have never seen before.  Any comments oh Popelyness?

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Second: there is a really old picture of a Lyre harp guitar which I have never seen before. Any comments oh Popelyness?


Yes, Nate - I'm on my ass.
No apologies though - as you may know, I've been a bit busy producing the next greatest HG CD ever...!

I have a couple of these instrument images on my "To Do" list...
And one I had on the Icon: Relatives page but took it off when I realized it had the same 3 subs! One has been up for awhile (07) - just where you'd expect to find it (Form 3b, for those who haven't been paying attention).
And since it is a "known American maker," the full image shows up in:
http://www.harpguitars.net/iconography/icon-american_id.htm
I added the other two just now while I was checking.
Then there is a FOURTH. The instrument in the Kansas Harwood club apparently traveled with Lester Payne to Seattle, showing up in another of his groups. This will appear any moment now in the annual Knutsen Archives update in a VERY COOL updated article.
All this points to at least 3 specimens (unless 1 or 2 just got passed around!) but, again, I would think American/Washburn/Vintage guitar fans would be more excited about this stuff. Currently 4 vintage photos show the HG version, just 2 the 6-string version. On the other hand, 2 6-strings are known to exist but no HGs yet...

But, yeah - seeing the Harwood patent in the book was a surprise. The reason is that a somewhat similar "wrap-around" (but not pinless) bridge was used by L&H just prior to Hansen. Then his design was used on some (I did a quick skim, don't quote me). Interestingly enough, no one knows who built my Hansen - but when Frank Ford photographed it, he wondered if the L&H custom shop could have been involved. Too bad the author didn't ask me for it (maybe I hadn't posted it yet?).
The book also might give the impression that there are TWO Monster Bass HGs, as he decided to use both my first image from the original owner (which he apparently downloaded and saved before I removed it), then also my own image (once I had it). So the 2 photo credits may confuse readers (and takes the fun out of having the only one!). Still, can't complain - we continue to spread the gospel!

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the picture I was referring to is indeed there labeled La Harmonia Orchestra.  Pretty cool guitar.


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