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[–] TheBuddha 1 point (+1|-0) Edited

I have contacted an expert on harp guitars and am forwarding your picture to them. They're a guy named Gregg Minor and are an authority on harp guitars.

[–] TheBuddha 1 point (+1|-0)

Hi!

It's me again, obviously!

Any news?!?

[–] Timmy 1 point (+1|-0)

Here's part of Gregg's reply to the email with pictures that I sent him. "Thanks, Bob - it looks like a beautiful instrument!

It may be some time, but it will be added to the site for posterity eventually"

Thanks again for helping me learn more about the guitar's origin. By the way, since I hadn't taken it out of its case in over 20 years, I remembered that we had the issues repaired by an local guitar repaid dude. So, the back is not delaminting from the sides, like I thought.

[–] TheBuddha 1 point (+1|-0)

Thanks for the update! I'm almost certain to bug you and ask you again! ;-) I'm pretty curious.

Unfortunately, he charges for appraisals - which is very, very understandable in his position.

But, once it has been identified, I'm curious as to how the valuation plays out.

I'd also expect it to take quite some time, but figured I'd check.

When we know more about it, I'll probably want to do another article. If you've not done so already, you may wish to inform him that it has had some repairs.

This is a long-shot, but the person who repaired it might actually have done a bunch of research on the guitar's origin. There's often additional markers inside the guitar. There's a very slim chance that they know more about it, but it's a chance.

It'd be funnier than hell to find out it's exceedingly rare AND valuable. Rarity isn't always indicative of market value. For example, some are rare 'cause they suck or they lack value because the luthier isn't known.

However, as previously mentioned, this isn't my domain and I'm not really willing to speculate on the value. If it were a regular guitar, even if relatively obscure, I could probably offer a reasonable valuation estimate. This one is well outside of my wheelhouse. I've bought a bunch of guitars, but I've purchased zero harp guitars.

[–] TheBuddha 1 point (+1|-0)

You know what I want...

[–] Timmy 1 point (+1|-0)

I'll trade you for a couple of vintage Martins and a Gibson Stereo.

[–] PMYB2 0 point (+0|-0)

How do you play this!

[–] Timmy 0 point (+0|-0)

It's played like a regular six string guitar. The five bass strings add resonance for a pleasant larger sound than it normally provides when the top neck strings are muted with a hand.

[–] PMYB2 1 point (+1|-0)

Crazy I can't imagine how that would work but it sounds cool.

[–] TheBuddha 0 point (+0|-0)

Actually...

Can I have permission to reuse that image? I'm not sure, but I think I'd like to do an article about harp guitars.

[–] Timmy 1 point (+1|-0)

You may. My wife might not like that I messed up the bed when I laid the case on it.

[–] TheBuddha 0 point (+0|-0)

I'm still trying to figure out how to write an article about harp guitars, but I think it'll be a fun article to write.

Does it have a maker's mark that you can identify and do you care to share some history of the guitar?

(I think someone once told me that the labels inside guitars have a technical term, but I've long since forgotten it.)

[–] TheBuddha 0 point (+0|-0)

So, I'm writing a special article today. I have a sneaky suspicion that you'll like it - as your guitar is featured in it, but there's a whole lot more to it.

And, I have to put you in contact with someone. It's for a very worthy cause and you'll almost certainly (eventually) learn more.

Basically, I have found the experts on harp guitars. Your guitar is interesting - 'cause we know fuck all about it. It's entirely uncatalogued.

They want to put it into an encyclopedia.

To do that, they've got to do a bunch of work - but there's not much for you to do. Basically, they're going to want more pictures and your guitar will, with some time, make its way into their encyclopedia and they'll probably scurry about trying to learn more about it and about the luthier who crafted it.

Which is to say, your guitar is fairly unique.

[–] Timmy 0 point (+0|-0)

Thanks for your interest. I'd like to know more about it. The glue used on the back must not have been very good as some, not a lot the last time I looked, is delaminating from the side. I presume this can be repaired by someone who knows what they're doing. If not, well it is what it is.

[–] TheBuddha 1 point (+1|-0)

I'm pretty sure they'll want specific pictures and they'll be able to research from there.

You'll see in the article, and then I'll go ahead and connect with you on how to contact him.

Basically, I went and bugged the actual experts on this subject. Yup... I swear and tell dick jokes, and I went and bugged a bunch of folks who are fancy and academic. They're literally compiling the history of the guitar and making an encyclopedia dedicated to the harp guitar.

I'm stoked that I got replies and I'm really, really curious about what information comes out of this.