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Old 01-07-2019, 07:12 AM
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Default Explanation of a harp guitar

Hi there,

I'm looking at what harp guitars are, having heard of them yet never knowing what they are. From this video, I can see that it accommodates some very low bass strings for fingerpicking.

Is that all there is to it? Any more information would be appreciated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVDOfeyVEqk
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:18 AM
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Gregg Miner has a bunch of historical and other information on harp guitars, you can take a look here http://www.harpguitars.net/history/org/hgorg.htm
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I was at a concert a couple months ago where a guy played a harp guitar for one of his songs. He never did hit any of those extra bass strings, just the regular 6 guitar strings. He explained that the extra strings were just there for the sympathetic vibes. The thing sounded amazing!
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Right! Even if you don't play the subs, or don't play them much, a harp guitar still sounds amazing and like nothing else. They are also remarkably loud, that huge top area really rings out especially at lower frequencies.
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