A Short – Yet Surprisingly Complete – History of the Modern Archguitar

mendle2-morganThose of you who attended our 12th Harp Guitar Gathering in Idaho in 2014 will recall that (in honor of one of our featured guests, Jon Mendle) I presented an in-depth look at an instrument called the “archguitar” (or arch guitar). I was always rather proud of my efforts and intended to one day turn my PowerPoint into a full site article. Once again, it wasn’t as simple as I imagined – as I wanted to make sure I brought it up to date.

Well, after talking again with Peter Blanchette and James Kline (and checking on others), I think I’m ready:

Here’s the 22 page PDF finished piece: A Short (Yet Surprisingly Complete) History of the Modern Archguitar!


  1. Thomas Nielsen Says:

    I don’t think I have ever learned so much in such short time before. Absolutely awesome!

  2. Michael Schreiner Says:

    The descriptive word “arch” in “arch guitar” always confused and bothered me. I am now less bothered. Thanks.

  3. Ed Says:

    Thanks for the Blanchette interview link, hadn’t seen that. Guess I’ve got to learn how to play the thing now.

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