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Old 05-12-2014, 08:34 PM
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I have not had one for a very long time. Many years ago I owned a Gibson Harp Guitar. Bought it from a store that had it hanging on the wall as a decoration.
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Hi everyone,

Great to see a section of AGF dedicated to harp guitars. As some of the guys kindly informed you, we certainly do have harp guitars which are part of our standard range - the travel-sized Synergy x7, the full size Synergy X20 and then we also have the Synergy Uke which is such a fun instrument. We also offer lots of customisation options from super trebles to extra sub bass strings. There's plenty of information on our website, but may we suggest you check out our friend Tony Barnard demonstrating three different models of our harp guitars on YouTube. We hope you enjoy and please feel free to ask any questions!

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Synergy X7 (Standard) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KhxmQ3OdlE
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Bout 7 mos ago I purchased a Tone Devil from Gregg Miner. Couldn't be happier. The HG tone is absolutely beautiful and playability is a 10. As someone else mentioned, these are not entry level instruments. Without reservation, highly recommend. Enjoying the heck out of it.
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...I know Muriel Anderson is an accomplished player and I like watching her videos on You Tube.
I ran across this video of Muriel playing what to me is a most interesting harp guitar. It's her Mike Doolin nylon string, overhead bin, 20 string guitar with "dragon whisperer" half-step tuners on the 7 bass strings, designed to be tuned a full step higher... Mike's harp guitars are wonderful! If I were ordering one, this may well be the way I would go! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUlc-rQSWKc

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Unfortunately for those interested in owning one of his guitars Mike Doolin has retried from building in order to concentrate more on his playing. I haven't heard him play but I can imagine its probably on the level of his wonderful luthiery skills.

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Old 11-02-2016, 01:55 PM
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Emerald Guitars builds a carbon fiber harp guitar. I believe they start around $2000.

Check it out in this video featuring Martin Blanes (aka Paper Kitten on AGF).
Excuse my ignorance, but what exactly does the harp bit add to this playing? All he seems to be doing is plucking a fairly inaudible bass string occasionally.
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:43 PM
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Can bass translate all that well in a video that's less than hi rez? I'm guessing that playing a harp is the most rewarding way to experience the vibe. Someday I intend to try different gauge bass strings with one of these, most specifically the Emerald Synergy X7 Super Treble - whose high trebles are the biggest temptation for me.
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:46 AM
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Excuse my ignorance, but what exactly does the harp bit add to this playing? All he seems to be doing is plucking a fairly inaudible bass string occasionally.
Hi ewalling,

Here are a few other videos by Tony Barnard demonstrating our harp guitars.

Synergy X7 (Standard) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KhxmQ3OdlE
Synergy X7 Super Treble https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf0ChrBPhGo
Synergy X20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYPdDESXBxQ

Thanks

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Old 11-16-2016, 01:30 PM
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ewalling wrote:
"All he seems to be doing is plucking a fairly inaudible bass string occasionally."

The problem with the harp guitar is a basic issue of acoustics: the instrument is too small to produce much sound at the fundamental frequency of the lowest strings. After all, the lowest sub-bass on a lot of harp guitars is down around the lowest note on a bass viol. There's a reason those things are so big...

Instruments with sub-bass strings have been used for a long time, and players tend to love them. I have a friend who plays a lute that is six feet long: back in the days before wound strings that was the only way to get a low note. It has the same problems as all acoustic instruments with sub-basses: you can't hear the low notes more than a couple of feet away. I suspect that's why all such things have been tried and found wanting in the past.

These days harp guitar players use pickups and amplifiers to get those low notes to work for the audience. I suspect that has something to do with the current revival; at last the folks out in front can hear what the players have been enjoying all along.
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:41 PM
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Respectfully disagreeing with Al (who is one of my heroes, I own his "Beast" after all!). In my experience of listening to hundreds? thousands? of instruments (archlutes, harp guitars, etc) played acoustically in concert (with or with mics), I have no problem hearing bass - all the bass that the instruments are meant to include in their range, unless it's a lousy instrument. Obviously some are better made than others. Whether my ear-to-brain is being fooled and I'm "filling in" the fundamental only from its higher harmonics, I couldn't say (tho Al can prove the physics - I'm just happy that it's one of natures miracles!).
I played an all-acoustic show with a half dozen antique harp guitars a few weeks back in a large room and people were blown away with the sound(s).
I would highly recommend that the skeptical or curious come to a Harp Guitar Gathering (I'm hosting next October in Carlsbad, CA) and hear many different variants being played properly and well (and, when not in concert, acoustically, in every nook and cranny throughout the weekend).

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Old 11-18-2016, 01:20 PM
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Well, 'English Bass' is a well known phenomenon. When you're building a pipe organ and want a 32' C note, but the ceiling is only 24' high, it's the way you get that. You use a 16' pipe, and a 10-2/3 foot pipe, and an 8' one, and so on, to produce all the overtones of the 32' pipe. The ear and brain provide the fundamental, although it may not sound as 'full'.

I'll second the advice about going to a harp guitar gathering. I've only made it to two, but they were well worth it. Maybe by the next one I'll have another harp guitar to show. Then I'll have the same problem I did with 'the Beast': spending too much time playing and not enough building. Greg really did me a favor buying that one, although I do miss it. Anyway, there's plenty going on at the gatherings. I always end up once more proving that I'm no longer the party animal that I never used to be.....
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Old 11-18-2016, 02:33 PM
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This "resultant" stop in pipe organs is relatively common, and can be quite effective.
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(Two) stops use this acoustical effect to produce tones in the 32' and 64' octaves, using smaller (and thus less costly) pipes than would normally be necessary. One of these stops, labeled as 32' or 64' pitch, is comprised of two ranks which sound the 1st and 2nd harmonics of the desired pitch (that is, an octave and a twelfth above the desired pitch). For a 32' stop, the two ranks are 16' and 10-2/3'; for a 64' stop, the two ranks are 32' and 21-1/3'.
http://www.organstops.org/r/resultant.html (Be sure to listen to the sound clips at the end of the article.)

I'm not sure how this resultant, difference tone, or combination tone (various descriptions for the same acoustic phenomena) relates to harp guitars, but in pipe organs it is a handy way to produce very low pitches without having to have very long pipes.

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Old 11-18-2016, 04:54 PM
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Greg Miner: "Harp Guitar Gathering Carlsbad October 2017"

Now on my "to do" list
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