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.
Sympathetic String Guitars
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|Thomas Zach (att), Prague, 1850 or 1856||Porcel, Barcelona, 1867||Hartman, 1897, Pat #586,032||Lerro,
"tone bars," 1915,
The patent version uses 4 metal "tone bars" to provide sympathetic vibrations.
Though the 6 sympathetics inside the body of this specimen are described as "strings," I am virtually certain that they are the same metal rods seen on all similar Bohmanns as described in the patent at left. See Frets.com for a similar instrument (Frank Ford incorrectly describes them as "strings" also).
|Olsen, 1924, Pat #1,489,710||Sternheimer,
Patent # 2,565,016
12 strings tuned chromatically, no strummed
12 internal sympathetic strings
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