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Old 06-19-2016, 10:54 AM
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Yeah, let's keep this up, ladies and gentleman! It's great to read of players finding how pleasurable a harp guitar can be. As you have found, Jeff, just the sympathetic resonance from those bass strings adds another whole sound envelopment. I have one of the prototype Holloways, and play it more than my other guitars--it's like a piano on one's lap. I keep mine in DADGAD and GABCDE for the subs. I use fingers only.
Dave was working with Scott at Holloway when I spoke with him on the phone and he chose mine from the other protos and then set it up. I am as pleased now as I was when I first played it. Actually more, after doing my own tweaking (but that was another post).
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Old 06-19-2016, 07:49 PM
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Lately I've been keeping mine in DAFGCE on the guitar, and DFGABfC on the harp strings. I had tuned it down a half step, but decided the lower strings were too floppy - as it is, the D string tuned up to F is pretty tight, so I may go to a slightly smaller diameter on that one, 0.027 would be about right.

You're right, the harp strings vibrate even if you don't pluck them, adding to the sound experience. The guitar is quite loud too, rivals my 12-string!
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Just wanted to add another thumbs-up for Tonedevil! I wanted a 12-string version of a harp guitar, because I love harp guitars and because I wanted a second 12-string to keep in a different tuning than my 456ce, and I'm really happy with my S-12 so I ordered a semi-custom S-18. This is more or less identical to my S-12, but has 12 strings on the neck plus 6 bass strings. It arrived this week, and I'm loving it! Lovely resonant sound multiplied by about 2, it really fills up a room with sound like nothing I've ever played before. Excellent workmanship, nothing fancy or showy but it does what I want it to do, intonates fine and stays in tune, fine action, and it sounds great. Kudos to Dave and Tony for making and selling excellent and affordable harp guitars, including custom jobs if you want something a little different!
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Update, this S-18 has become far and away my favorite acoustic guitar of all time. My initial plan was to have a second 12-string in a different tuning, and while that happened, what also happened is, I don't play my 456ce very much anymore because I'd rather play this. Really something, if you've never played a 12-string harp guitar before, and you like 12-strings (or, just like harp guitars), it's worth seeking one out if you can.

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Just wanted to add another thumbs-up for Tonedevil! I wanted a 12-string version of a harp guitar, because I love harp guitars and because I wanted a second 12-string to keep in a different tuning than my 456ce, and I'm really happy with my S-12 so I ordered a semi-custom S-18. This is more or less identical to my S-12, but has 12 strings on the neck plus 6 bass strings. It arrived this week, and I'm loving it! Lovely resonant sound multiplied by about 2, it really fills up a room with sound like nothing I've ever played before. Excellent workmanship, nothing fancy or showy but it does what I want it to do, intonates fine and stays in tune, fine action, and it sounds great. Kudos to Dave and Tony for making and selling excellent and affordable harp guitars, including custom jobs if you want something a little different!
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