Organology: Harp Guitar "Relatives"
Note to the casual reader or researcher: This Reference Gallery features historical instruments that are not harp guitars, but “relatives” or distant “cousins” – presented on Harpguitars.net for historical and organological comparison.
Guitars" in Name Only
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|Arpi-guitare, Pacquet ca. 1784||Harp-Guitar, Edward Light, 1798||Harp guitar (or
guitar-harp), Joseph Mast, 1827
To confuse things further for us, Mast appears to have also built a true "harp guitar" version of this instrument!
|Scherr’s Patent Harp Guitar, E. N. Scherr, 1831||Double harp-guitar, J. F. Grosjean, ca. 1840|
Pat # 568,108, 1896
& Grunewald The Harp-Guitar, ca.1896
10 strings - the 4 lower courses are doubled, an octave higher (thus "sounding like a harp"). Morphed into Grunewald 12-string "harp-guitar."
Harp Guitar, J. F. Stratton, c.1890
6 strings only. Only the medallion on the back marks this as a "harp guitar" - likely due to the "tone."
Of course, this isn't a guitar at all, but one of hundreds of types of early American fretless zithers. Many use "harp" in the name, some use "guitar" - so it was unavoidable that someone would combne the two! Made by the Harp Guitar Mfg. Co. 150 Liverpool Street East Boston, MA.
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