Six months ago, I wrote about a giant circa 1900 baritone harp guitar by F. W. Walton (the one on the right).  In that article, I theorized that Walton may have copied a then-recent creation of Chicago’s Joseph Bohmann – namely, his Contra Bass Harp Guitar (on the left).

Incredibly, at least four of these c.1895-1900 contra bass harp guitars survive, each slightly different, and all amazingly cool.

My August Harp Guitar of the Month shows all four, along with the background on these imposing, way-ahead-of-their-time instruments!