Organology

Harp Guitar Form 2a
by Gregg Miner

Additional Neck harp string attachment, Headstocks are unattached.
A simple screwed-on metal connecting bracket may be present.

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:  Please understand that many of the instruments on this page were not originally referred to as "harp guitars."
To understand why they are classified as such today, it is imperative that you first thoroughly read and comprehend the site author's thesis.

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        American         

Martin Martin Wichard, St. Louis, c.1884 Washburn, 1897 Waldo, c.1900

Bohmann, c.1895
See The Harp Guitars of Joseph Bohmann

Unknown, c.1898 Unknown

Larson Larson Larson, 1912,
Pat #1,022,031
Maurer (Larson) Maurer (Larson) Maurer (Larson)
See also Maurer Harp Guitars Special Feature

H.F.Meyers, 1909 H.F.Meyers, 1910  Leland (Washburn brand), c.1915
MAYFLOWER, c.1900-? May Flower?
(see May Flower feature)
This is a fascinating group of instruments only recently come to light.  Robert Hartman and others have previously stated the belief that some or all Meyers guitars, along with guitars and mandolins marked Leland or May Flower were built by the Larson brothers. Likewise, these three different harp guitar "brands" are all Chicago-made, of the same general period, and likely all built by the Larsons. Note the similarities of all three styles.

Regal, c.1930

This is the 3rd brand of archtop harp guitar known (after Gibson and Shutt)

Regal, from 1930 Tonk Bros catalog Altpeter, 1927
Pat #1,618,626

See also Altpeter Harp Guitar and Double-Harp Ukulele Special Feature

       European

Lodovico Rastelli, 1866, Genova, Italy
(appears to be the remains of a double-neck with 3 sub-basses)
Austro/German? Austro/German? Vito Garganese, Monopoli, Italy, 1915
Note the 12 strings on the neck!

       Contemporary

David White
(Da Foite Guitars)
 England

 

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