Checking in on Tim Donahue’s Plan for Electric Harp Guitar Global Domination

I have to hand it to our friend Tim Donahue – he doesn’t seem to be resting on his laurels.  Having just received a new CD by one of the customers of his production EHGs (both fretted and fretless), I decided to check in on Tim’s site since the last post I did a year and a half ago.

He appears to be turning into quite the entrepreneur. (Now working on an 8-string model?!  Cool.)

He’s also added a few new players to his customer list since my last check.  One should be familiar to many of you…

Our own Nancy Conescu (wife of  Mike Doolin), whose kid-in-a-candy-store expression as she tried out Tim’s EHG at the last Harp Guitar Gathering was a harbinger of the future.  She now has her own wine red TD EHG!  It’ll be interesting to see what she comes up with.

Other new owners include the following players

Per Boysen, Stick player from Sweden (Per suggested the new purple oil finish)

Eric Fleisher, from the USA

and Derek Dallenger, from Japan, another Stick player.

 thumb326Interesting that these latest 3 all chose a fretless EHG.  That’s also what Christophe Godbille of France plays, as initially seen on my previous blog.  He soon posted a YouTube video of his first piece.  This tune (Un Conte) is one of two solos he does on his new CD Les Mouvements with drummer partner Pierre Rettin.  You can hear one of their unique duo pieces here.


The CD includes 5 tracks using the TDFEHG (that’s “Tim Donahue Fretless Electric Harp Guitar”…Tim, you hadn’t planned on the ridiculous acronyms, had you?!): Laminaires, Dialogue Inegal, Neigeux, Un Conte, and Nohohon.  Christophe gets a very different sound than Tim – first, because it’s the fretless version (a bit like a higher-pitched fretless bass), and his plucked harp strings almost sound “struck” at times – somewhat like small tubular bells.  He also plays a (nylon-string acoustic?) fretless guitar on one track with fascinating vocals by Anne Greco.  Thanks for sending the CD, Christophe!

Speaking of fretless guitar and fascinating vocals…

povelI totally spaced and forgot to include in my June post about new harp guitar CDs one that I received some time back from The Netherlands’ Melle Weijters.  It’s called “When the Caged Bird Sings” and features poems by the 19th century Afro-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), set to music by vocalist Roderik Povel.  It’s something else.  Melle (it’s OK to call me “Mel Gibson” since I actually now own a Gibson) Weijters is a rather progressive jazz guitarist who plays a 10-string fretless guitar tuned in perfect thirds (I have a headache just thinking about it) and a new 41-tone instrument (just kill me now).  His third instrument is his only “normal” one – a c.1917 Gibson harp guitar.

He used it on 3 tracks of the Povel CD (A Death Song, Sympathy and Beyond the Years).  You can play A Death Song from Mel’s Gibson page (I know, it does read funny, but he’s the one milking it).

I see he’s introducing the Gibson harp guitar to other audiences as well, utilizing it in a concert of pieces by Jos Heutmekers performed by the Eclectomatic Ensemble.


PS: I’ve added Christophe’s and Mel’s CDs to the Music page.

You certainly can’t say the harp guitar world is ever boring!

  1. Stephen Bennett Says:

    Say it ain’t so, Nancy………..

  2. Tim Donahue Says:

    Thank you Gregg for the kind plug!

    Yes, our electric harp guitar family is growing as we speak
    (I’m hoping to get Nancy to sing and even play on my next album!).

    Just a reminder that we will begin our 3rd production run of 2014 Tim Donahue HGs on October 15th this year,
    and anyone who orders before this date can choose the finish, color, scale and options like DR. HOOK
    and DR. FRET. Best of all, orders received before Oct. 15th will get a large price discount of $2,300
    (which includes hardshell case).

    Details can be found at

    Best To All Everyone,

  3. Tim Donahue Says:

    Forgot to mention-

    Orders are almost all taken for our 2014 Model TD Harp Guitars,
    with only 2 reservations left. Anyone interested in getting a discounted
    2014 model should email me at:

    Best From Japan,

  4. Tim Donahue Says:

    Yes, indeed it is so…

    Thank you to all the new players who have come on board and ordered a 2014 Tim Donahue Harp Guitar!
    Our production quota has been met, so we cannot accept any more orders for the current production run.

    Lots of new music and innovations will be upcoming at

    My Best To All,
    Tim Donahue

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