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Old 10-09-2016, 08:42 PM
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Since this concept of harp guitars is new to some I thought it might be good to show folks the different types of designs out there from traditional Dyer style to the more modern styles. Mine is a more modern style made by Duane Noble of Richland, Washington. The top is Alaska Bearclaw Spruce and the back is a forty year old Rosewood. It is double sided and has a cutaway, which seems to be a trend on more modern styles, (just my opinion), and it also has Duane's first fan fret on the guitar side. The "Oracle" symbol at the twelfth fret is an homage to Michael Hedges, who's always been an inspiration. For those who might wonder, the strings on my guitar side run 13-58/60 and the harp side from around 58-80.

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ps. Randall, wanna see your new one! ;-)

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Old 10-09-2016, 09:52 PM
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Here are a couple of pictures from Gregg's listing. In the listing Gregg described this guitar as being one of the best sounding harp guitars on the planet. Now Gregg is a man of many words, but he probably knows more about harp guitars than anyone on the planet. It is an awesome sounding guitar, having 7 subs is pretty cool. having levers is also a vey handy addition.




I would be amiss to not include the Karol in this thread. This is a great sounding harp guitar also, and it looks very cool.



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Old 10-12-2016, 08:00 AM
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This is mine, a Tonedevil S-12. Spruce top, mahogany back and sides, built-in passive pickup. I love it. Kudos to Anthony and David for making and selling an excellent and affordable harp guitar.



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Hey Jeffrey, how's it sound with the Mahogany back? Nice looking guitar!

Randall, your new one is just gorgeous! I know your Karol is going to make someone really happy someday, what a great way to get into harp guitars!

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Here's a Merrill Harp Guitar based on Stephen Bennett's Larson Brother's built
Dyer Style 4 harp guitar.



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Nice - that looks mint, Nort (Mr. Graham?) -what serial #?
My main playing HG is now Merrill #1 (SB's original, now pretty thrashed, but sounds as good as ever).
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And replying to Jay who opened this thread with his Noble...
Another beauty.
I had a great time hanging with Duane (and wife Lolly) at SBAIC 2 weeks ago, and caught up on a lot of "Duane Noble harp guitar" lore:
He's now built 25 harp guitars! That's a lot for a one-man operation, and speaks to his popularity. (Calum Graham has ordered one "exactly like Antoine's")
I mentioned that I might want to archive his entire output on Harpguitars.net - as I do with Knutsen, and did with McCollum, as his are each different and often "custom." He may be missing good photos on some I fear.
I had forgotten about this - but am proud to know that he kept two of my suggestions standard: The size of the arm soundhole and the rounded back of the harp arm. These were first incorporated into the "not quite Gregg Miner signature model," seen here: http://www.harpguitarmusic.com/listings/hg-noble2.htm
He says the arm soundhole ended up at exactly half the size of the body's - he accidentally blew a stream of air across them and the pitch (the "jug blowing" effect) was exactly an octave higher on the arm. (perhaps something you can incorporate into your playing?!).
And of course, the lack of sub nut posts came from my old experiment with my Knutsen.
He also confirmed that his harp-uke body (including arm and bass head) IS exactly the same harp body, scaled down (at Kinkos!). He only had to alter the main neck and head for tenor uke requirements.
Here's mine:

The FB inlay is the end of the Dyer Style 8 tree o' life:

Back and sides of Madagascar rosewood (what we had planned to do an HG with, but he ran out):


Off to the Gathering at crack of dawn. Wish you all were!
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Nice - that looks mint, Nort (Mr. Graham?) -what serial #?
My main playing HG is now Merrill #1 (SB's original, now pretty thrashed, but sounds as good as ever).
Hello Greg,

This Merrill is #15, dated Oct. 2007, still a youngster at 9 yrs. old.
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Stephen Sedgwick 21 string with cocobolo b&s and redwood top:

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Nort, what a beautiful Merrill, like Gregg says, mint! Trespass, someday I would love to see how you maneuver that guitar. She's a beaut!

Gregg, great to see you here. Folks, for those who don't know Gregg Miner, he probably the world's most knowledgable authority on harp guitars. His website is a veritable treasure trove of information. Someday, my bucket list includes visiting his harp guitar museum.

Gregg, I'm almost embarrassed to say that most of the time when I play, (worship band settings two to three times a month,) I need to cover the sound holes up to play in the large band. Duane's guitar is almost too responsive so feedback can be an issue. When its just me and another guitar I can open things up and she really shines. Hopefully I can add more solo gigs in the future if I can find the time to write more material. Time... ;-)

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Great to see Gregg here!
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Hey Jeffrey, how's it sound with the Mahogany back? Nice looking guitar!

Randall, your new one is just gorgeous! I know your Karol is going to make someone really happy someday, what a great way to get into harp guitars!

-jay
I love the sound, though I don't have anything but other 6-string guitars to compare it to, this is the only harp guitar I've owned or played. It's quite loud, and has a lovely resonance and presence that's like no 6-string acoustic I've ever played. I'm gradually picking up the use of the harp strings, which add a whole new dimension, but I find they spark creativity (as well as some of the resonance) even if I'm not particularly adept at using them.
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Great to see Gregg here!
Thanks, Jay and Randall. I've followed ACF for ages via my daily HG Googling of course. Figured it's time to bite the bullet, since my constituents seem to be here rather than my own Forum, which has wound down to a few dedicated folks like Fred Carlson, Sean Woolley, Michael Schreiner and a handful of others (with present company and a hundred others never signing up).
It does have some costs, so it may be time to retire it; however, I doubt I can archive (for the public) the 6000+ posts on 619 topics it's at currently. And you never know what may be useful (or priceless) for future research.
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I never imagined there would be a day when there were 3 harp guitars in my home. The Nobel belongs to my son, we acquired it with the help of Gregg.










My long lost McCollum harp guitar might be coming home soon!
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Randall, did you get the back fixed, buffed out?
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