I haven’t made any “New Year’s Resolutions” for ages, so I’m not gonna start now…I just do what I can, when I can, and seem to manage.

Still, I admit that I’m way behind on some things on the site, one of which is getting all the new harp guitar builders, or at least their instruments, added to the site. There are tons!

Not to be unfair to all those queued up…I was reminded of this task – a fun part of the site, to be sure – with the first new harp guitar of the year, images of which I received today via Stephen Bennett.

Stephen owns a baritone guitar by Canadian luthier Tony Karol, and Tony just finished his first HG – a kind of ultra-modern Knutsen design.  Points-a-plenty, and biased scale to boot!

Responding to my queries, Tony wrote:

“Right now it’s for me to take to shows and exhibits, but the next one is already in the works – different woods, slightly different cutaway and harp head attachment.  This one will be for sale though.  It’s pretty much a Dyer, although I altered the bracing scheme somewhat, and really liked the Knutsen lower bout point – it was the perfect spot for an armrest.  I named it the Belair, in ref to the 57 Chevy!  I also made the arm slightly lower in ref to the neck, so that I could get the design from a 10 inch wide top half.   This will be a regular custom guitar available from me – I have been procuring wood sets and tops for a couple years now.  It just took me too long to get this first one done!  But I am loving it, as well as trying to learn some of Stephen’s pieces …”

Thanks, Tony – we’ll definitely add you to the rapidly growing Luthier page, and your new design to the Form 3 Gallery…I just gotta get the other couple dozen new instruments up first!