Steampunk Stahl

emerald-ss-emerald2Facebook friends and followers of Emerald Guitars, the Harp Guitar Group or Steampunk Stace (the artist formerly known as Hobbs) have recently been going gaga over the new custom Emerald harp guitar Alistair Hay created for SS, complete with working Steampunk gears (wonder how that’ll record?).  It is definitely a handsome and modern creation (see it on Emerald’s site here), and will give SS a whole new vibe when it’s delivered and he incorporates into his act.

Those curious should come to the Harp Guitar Gathering in October where Steampunk Stace will unveil it live for us – playing a special free lunch hour concert on Saturday (SS is free, not the lunch).

emerald-ss-emerald1These photos copyright Emerald Guitars

It’s getting so much attention that I wanted to remind folks of Stacy’s original instruments – Dyers, of course, but more specifically, the remarkable Larson patent guitar-within-a-harp guitar.  SS has made a special effort over the last year to honor this rare instrument.

He shared his new two-episode blog with me recently and agreed to let me share with you (they appear to fans when they sign up for his autoresponder email series).  He did a great job, telling the personal story of his history and relationship with the one-of-a-kind instrument (along with Bob Hartman’s, my and others’ involvement).  I think it’s interesting harp guitar history worth archiving.

Steampunk Stace – Stahled Out, Part 1

Steampunk Stace – Stahled Out, Part 2

And, while he’s been waiting patiently for the Emerald, he put the Stahl to good use, building a special show and a brand new CD around it.

Recorded at Kim Person’s and mastered by Bill Wolf – which is as good as it gets – I’m hoping it’s a return to form in a brand new form.

He says official release should be in late Spring, or come pick one up at the Gathering in October!


  1. DAN & BETS Says:


  2. DAN & BETS Says:

    WROUGHT? (as I was saying when the message flew through the aether, leaving me to finish in this addendum)

    We are overjoyed to have this news of and from one of our dearest HG Family members and freest of spirits.

    Can’t wait to see, hang with and jam with the Punkmeister–and get copies of the new CD–this fall!

  3. Alistair Hay Says:

    Building this harp guitar has been a labour of Love. I first met Stacy at the gathering and I’m looking forward to seeing him play the new creation there.

  4. Steampunk Stace Says:

    The Punkmeister says ‘ditto’ Dan & Bets and nice Blog G – I appreciate the support! Cheers! SS

  5. Jaci Says:

    Well, I for one, have always been partial to gears, so can’t wait to hear IT, & see yOU, Stace, …and bring ANA, please!

  6. Bad Drew Says:

    That is so cool, can’t wait! I do believe HGG15 will be one for the ages!

  7. bob hartman Says:

    Our friend, SS has an innate talent for the unexpected. Just heard some of the tunes recorded on the
    Stahl harp guitar and they are classic! Who knew the scope of the lovely music the Brothers built into that ancient instrument waiting for Stace to release it for our ears.
    Looking forward to the final copy that will be available at the Gathering in October, and to hear your new Emerald.
    Bob and Carol

  8. sb Says:

    It’ll be good to have you back, Stace! Glad you’re finally getting your act in gear!

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