The title just gives me an excuse to present two new discoveries; what I recognized that they have in common is the modern take (each for their time) on the design for sub-bass headstocks.
The first was built by Wilhelm Geittner about 1845 in what is now Wrozlaw, Silesia (Poland). It’s owned by renowned historical music player and guitar collector Brigitte Zaczek, a recent addition to her growing collection (but available for sale, she tells me…).
I just love the organic Stauffer-style double headstock, and of course the “retro” shoulder-sloping.
The second is the brand new, second harp guitar creation (commissioned by a Japanese guitar store) by the always-original Michi Matsuda.
Modern, indeed. I’m not exactly sure in which Gallery I’d place his new instrument. The harp head is sculpted onto a sort of dual-arm second neck.
Specs are: Italian spruce top, Indian rosewood sides and back, mahogany neck, Wenge fingerboard and bridge. The sub-bass ares are Catahua.
Here are a couple of in-process build photos Michi sent in:
Thanks to both for these contributions to the site!