The latest Historical Discoveries from:
Indexed by Newest > Oldest below
(NOTE: Dyer and Knutsen and Gibson each have their own separate blog indices)

Date Topic Title

May 3rd, 2021

Not a true harp guitar, but a great story nonetheless

The Lyric Harp Guitar, or The Flying Beehees and Other Stories

April 18th, 2021

With a new acquisition in hand, I re-explore the terminology

Name That Harp Guitar!

March 8th, 2021

An 8-part series depicting a hundred historical (and modern) female players

Women in Harp Guitar History

February 5th, 2021

The title says it all - an inspiring story of a forgotten African American group

The Invincible Four

December 5th, 2020

I present all known candidates for the "first harp guitar"

The Earliest Harp Guitars

November 13th, 2020

A 3-part series on the Hawaiian musical family and friends includes dozens of harp-guitar sightings

The James Shaw Family: A Hawaiian Musical Dynasty

September 18th, 2020

A new newspaper search discovers new harp guitar images

Harp Guitar Finds Via New Newspaper Navigation

September 13th, 2020

A second rare clip of Eddie playing his Gibson harp guitar 

Eddie Peabody in Hula Heaven: Plectrum Harp Guitar Excerpt

June 5th, 2020

My 2017 Exhibit catalog is now digital

“Floating Strings” Free Online!

May 29th, 2020

I collate another group of Russian instruments

From Russia with Love, Part 2: Museum Treasures

March 27th, 2020

Story of a forgotten collection

Stanford White’s Musical Instrument Treasures

November 1st, 2019

I collate the story to date of one of the most recognizable unusual guitars of all time

The Paul Gardie/Harmony Orchestral Harp Guitar

July 5th, 2019

The story of Richard Konter's Favilla harp guitar that (almost!) made it to the pole with Admiral Byrd

First Harp Guitar to the South Pole Wins

June 28th, 2019

A double feature on Emilio Calamara, his wife and his harp guitars


February 1st, 2019

A former collection of rare instruments

The Musical Instrument Collection of Walter Erdmann

January 5th, 2019

An early (1981) article on vintage harp guitars

Mugwumps Harp Guitar Time Capsule

July 20th, 2018

Double Feature on Tony Biehl and one of his harp guitars

Historical Luthier and Featured Harp Guitar of the Month

June 10th, 2018

A visit to the Martin Museum with Dick Boak

AMIS Moravian Adventure

May 11th, 2018

The original owner of my own Bohmann harp guitar discovered

Linscott’s Bohmann

May 6th, 2018

A walk through our harp guitar exhibit at the Museum of Making Music

Floating Strings in Carlsbad

March 9th, 2018

A trove of Russian harp guitar players and instruments

Russian Harp Guitar Catchup

January 12th, 2018

Profile of an obscure Italian harp guitar builder

Milanese Master Luthier Luigi Galimberti

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November 20th, 2017

New book releases with information on harp guitars or similar instruments, builders and players

Plucked String Books of 2017

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March 24th, 2017 Steampunk Stace writes about his c.1909 Stahl harp guitar

Steampunk Stahl
January 28th, 2017 Thomas Nielsen writes an article for us on Soffren Degen

Danish Harp Guitar Discoveries
December 25th, 2016 The discovery of the incredible mechanical guitar of Demain Wood

Some Assembly Required
August 19th, 2016 New discoveries and a count

Bohmann’s Contra Bass Harp Guitars
July 16th, 2016 Rare harp guitars and more in the fabled collection

Harp Guitars in the Stearns Collection
July 1st, 2016 The fascinating career and inventions of the little-known Hollywood character

Herman the Hermit
June 19th, 2016

The complete history (so far) on Harwood instruments and the Jenkins Company

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Harwood Harp Guitars But Were Afraid To Ask
June 3rd, 2016

AMIS activities at the museum and conference

AMIS at the National Music Museum
May 29th, 2016

I visit the instrument collection

The National Music Museum
May 14th, 2016

Other harp guitars and related instruments in the Brussels museum

Harp Guitars in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum, Part 2

May 6th, 2016

8 years after the fact, I present my investigation into the remarkable Brussels #1550

Harp Guitars in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum, Part 1

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February 27th, 2016

An amazing Martin harp guitar discovery

100 Years Later, the Martin Improved Reproduction Schenk Harp Guitar!

February 12th, 2016

A c.1900 baritone-scale harp guitar

Walton’s c.1900 Baritone Harp Guitar

July 19th, 2015

Demonstrating the Boston MFA's harp guitars

Harp Guitar Working Vacation: Boston Part 3

July 12th, 2015

Examining the Boston MFA's harp guitars

Harp Guitar Working Vacation: Boston Part 1

April 10th, 2015

The amazing instruments of the Australia's Cera brothers

The Land of Harp Guitars That Time Forgot
March 1st, 2015

"Harp-guitar" finally has a sanctioned entry in the Grove dictionary

Harp-guitar – It’s Official!

January 16th, 2015

An unusual new instrument discovery

The Harwood Lyre-Thingy

November 28th, 2014

A new Shutt discovery

Harp Guitar David vs. Goliath

September 1st, 2014

Comparing a historical image of a rare G. A. Carlson to a surviving specimen

Separated at Birth

August 1st, 2014 which I receive a special harp guitar treasure

Harp Guitar Special Delivery
July 25th, 2014 More Italian harp guitar discoveries from Franco Ghisalberti

Further Franco Finds
July 18th, 2014 Looking for harp guitar material at the IGRA

The Vahdah Olcott-Bickford Collection
July 1st, 2014 Rare vintage slides of unusual instruments

Harp Guitar Magic
June 24th, 2014 Part-time Boise vaudevillian builds his own Gibsonesque harp guitar

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June 17th, 2014

Carlo Roggero of Arenzano builds Taraffo-inspired harp guitars for his fellow jazz musicians to play

Taraffo’s Infinite Influence
May 22nd, 2014 Pester the Hermit's steel guitars, including Knutsen and Weissenborn

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May 9th, 2014

Knutsen steel guitar player William Pester, the Hermit of Palm Springs

Knutsen Nature Boy, Part 1

April 13th, 2014

Harp guitars are sometimes more zither than guitar


February 1st, 2014

New images of black harp guitar players

African-American Harp Guitarists, Revisited

January 25th, 2014

An unknown player with an unusual pedigree

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January 12th, 2014

New Harwood specimens and historical photos

Harwood Harp Guitar Updates

January 5th, 2014

Perott's original instrument examined

The Harp Guitar of Boris Perott

December 8th, 2013

Not a harp guitar, but a genuine guitar d'amore

Guitar D’Amore

October 27th, 2013

I present the first-ever history of the harp guitar's open treble strings

HGG11: Sir Gregory on Super-Trebles
September 15th, 2013

A Weymann double tree of life!

What’s More Outrageous than a Harp Guitar with a Tree-of-Life Fingerboard?

August 17th, 2013

Well known American recording artist played a Regal

Roy Butin, Revealed at Last
July 28th, 2013

A previously un-catalogued Mozzani model discovered in the unlikeliest of places

Mod Mozzani
July 20th, 2013

All the information on this obscure maker, finally archived in one place

Collected Coulter
July 8th, 2013

All the images and harp guitar specimens/brands associated with Lester Payne's groups archived in one place

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June 29th, 2013

New dating for the Bruno 12-on-the-neck harp guitar, and its possible relationship with the American 12-string

12-String Guitar, Meet the 1901 Harp Guitar
June 16th, 2013

Rare historical instruments at the shop of the French dealer

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June 14th, 2013

Rare historical guitars at the workshop of the French dealers

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May 31st, 2013

The first serious analysis of the mystery instrument

The Elusive Petzval-Scherzer Guitharfe
May 21st, 2013

Rare historical instruments at Paris' famous music museum

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May 5th, 2013

Super-trebles, psaltery strings, or both?

Psaltery Guitars
April 22nd, 2013

A new Lacote specimen and page update

Lacote Update
April 14th, 2013

An iconic fantasy instrument discovered

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April 4th, 2013

Some clarification on definitions

What a Harp Guitar Isn’t
February 28th, 2013

A study of the harp guitars used in his orchestra which resulted in his full biography

Black History Month, Part 2: James Reese Europe and the Clef Club Orchestra
February 21st, 2013

Large harp mandolins from Italy

The Mandolone Basso a Mezza-Lira
February 10th, 2013

A glimpse at John's Scherzer and other European harp guitars

A Visit with John Schneiderman
February 1st, 2013

A look at the various harp guitars played by early black harp guitarists

Black History Month, Part 1: African-American Harp Guitarists
January 18th, 2013

A partial update to the makers encyclopedia

Encyclopedia Expansion
January 13th, 2013

Two instruments just discovered by the obscure maker

Antonio Grauso
January 8th, 2013

Interesting use of historical Schrammelgitarres

Harp Guitar Music You Can Dance To

December 20th, 2012

A rant about the latest guitar book getting everything wrong

The Guitar & Amp Jokebook

October 27th, 2012

A look at the multi-X bracing of a c.1900 Bohmann harp guitar

Triple X Bohmann

September 28th, 2012

Not quite a harp guitar, but extremely cool

Francisco Pistoresi’s Diamenophone

September 23rd, 2012

Latest discoveries on the Portland maker

Coulter, Continued

July 29th, 2012

A brand-new, laypersons' guide to how and why the name was chosen

Harp Guitar: What’s in a Name

July 22nd, 2012

A mis-named lyre guitar with some interesting history

The Behee Lyric Harp Guitar

July 18th, 2012

Another guitar book rife with misinformation and confusion

And More Guitar Books

July 12th, 2012

Instruments mistaken for harp guitars

More Non-Harp Harp-Guitars

July 1st, 2012

All the Regal specimens now catalogued and compared in one place

Regal Archives

June 24th, 2012

New Harwood discoveries

Misplaced Harwoods

June 21st, 2012

A rare Canadian historical instrument

Canadian Harp Guitars, Past, Present and Future

June 13th, 2012

New maker discovered

Carlson Harp Guitar

June 2nd, 2012

Vintage instruments at Retrofret

New York, Part 3

May 30th, 2012

Instruments at the Met

New York, Part 2

May 24th, 2012

An outrageous Stahl patent harp guitar with internal second body

The One That Almost Got Away

May 17th, 2012

Visiting instrument restorer Antonello Saccu

Genoa, Part 4: Luthier Friends

May 3rd, 2012

Spectacular Monzino and similar instruments

The Musical Instrument Collection at Milan’s Castle Sforza

April 19th, 2012

A new Genovese harp guitar maker discovered

Another Genoese Feast, with a Side Dish of Milan, Part 1

April 1st, 2012

Oval Stauffers - you mean they're authentic?!

Don’t Put All Your Stauffer Eggs in One Basket

March 28th, 2012

New book with a trove of new information on Viennese makers and harp guitars

Stauffer & Co.

March 14th, 2012

Not quite harp guitars, but fascinating inventions

The Mysterious, Magical Combolins

March 11th, 2012

Combining harp guitar and lyre guitar

Ledhuy’s Organized-Lyre

February 16th, 2012

Outrageous harp guitar with 18 double courses discovered to be the instrument of the obscure American recording artist

George Dudley and His 36-string Harp Guitar

February 7th, 2012

Rare instruments in the Yale collection

VIP Yale Collection Tour

February 4th, 2012

A rare Yale instrument instigates an update on my "hybrid" instrument page.

Updates on Harp Guitar Relatives

January 26th, 2012

An obviously "modified" Harwood turns out to be 100% authentic

A Happy Harwood Ending

November 25th, 2011

Some light finally gets shed on Jenkins & Sons Harwood brand

Harwood a Mystery No Longer

November 21st, 2011

A Schenk harp guitar hiding in plain site at the Martin museum

Martin’s Dubetz Harp Guitar

November 19th, 2011

At the Martin museum

Visiting Martin with the Morgans

October 13th, 2011

X-raying vintage harp guitars!

Harp Guitar X-rays are Front Page News

September 23rd, 2011

A mysterious player and instrument

Spanish Super-Trebles

September 20th, 2011

An outlandish Italian harp guitar

Michele Piromalli and the Titan-Guitar

September 18th, 2011

Our 12-string may stem significantly from an instrument called a "harp-guitar"?

The Birth of the American 12-String Guitar

September 17th, 2011

Taraffo's personal instrument finally gets a public display

Taraffo Display at the Conservatorio

August 25th, 2011

Italian/Australian builder

Giovanni Cera, Italian Harp-Mandolinist from Down Under

August 18th, 2011

Terrific new lute book offers new information on a variety of plucked strings

New Book on Lutes and Plucked Stringed Instruments

July 1st, 2011

The Coulter discoveries continue

Third Coulter’s a Charm

June 19th, 2011

Another rare pre-Epi harp guitar

House of Stathopoulo Harp Guitar No. 2!

June 9th, 2011

Chronicling America offers new research opportunities

New Online Research Archive

May 29th, 2011

The Phoenix MIM collection

Guitars and Other Strings at the MIM (AMIS Convention, Day 1 continued)

May 15th, 2011

An obscure builder from Portland comes to light

Portland’s Premier Harp Guitar Builder

April 30th, 2011

Rare an unusual harfenlautes

Of Umlauts and Other Aggravating Letter Symbols, with a Little Nomenclature Confusion Thrown in While I’m at it

April 13th, 2011

An announcement for Michael Holmes' new index of American fretted instrument patents and the Stauffer & Co. book

Important New Guitar History Books

April 5th, 2011

The iconic instrument is discovered in a Spain guitar shop


April 4th, 2011

More info on the preceding blog below

It’s Raining Chitarpas

April 3rd, 2011

An important 6-string "harp guitar"

The Chitarpa of Gian Battista Noceti

April 2nd, 2011

News of the (now offline) website that offered rare guitar catalogs

Musica Viva

April 1st, 2011

French sheet music with an unsual French or Italian harp guitar

…While Historical French Harp Guitarists Continue to Surprise

March 25th, 2011

New photos of the rare 6-bass Dahlman

The Dahlman Plot Thickens

March 23rd, 2011

Our first image of harp guitar inventor/player Henry Dahlman, and his possible surviving instrument

Meet Henry Dahlman

March 22nd, 2011

Another wild new Bohmann discovery!

A Custom Bohmann Harp Guitar

March 15th, 2011

Just like the title says

One-of-a-Kind Favilla Bros Harp Guitar

March 14th, 2011

The unresolved Howard brand

Eugene Howard or Howard Eugene

March 7th, 2011

An unusual harp and guitar hybrid

The Harpitar

March 5th, 2011

Stutzman's guitar store has a nice collection of harp guitars

Stutzman’s Harp Guitars

February 27th, 2011

Our exhibit of harp guitars which concluded my first trip to Genoa

In Search of Genoese Harp Guitars, Part 13: Genoa’s First Harp Guitar Exhibit

February 21st, 2011

A temporary exhibit contained a few harp guitars

New Guitar Exhibit at the Met

February 13th, 2011

Continuing my visit with Giovanni Accornero

In Search of Genoese Harp Guitars, Part 11: Guitars fit for a Queen (and a couple of guitar virtuosos)

February 9th, 2011

Not a Mozzani, but a new Italian copycat (plus a Gazzo copycat), but seen in French bands

Hawaiian Guitar by way of French Musicians from Italy

February 7th, 2011

Title says it all

Monsieur Platini: Crazy Instruments, Crazier Shirt

February 6th, 2011

The incredible guitar collection of Giovanni Accornero

In Search of Genoese Harp Guitars, Part 10: A Visit with a Guitar Collector’s Guitar Collector

January 27th, 2011

The well-known Regal may have been copied from the rarer Harwood

A Regal by Any Other Name is Still a Royal Pain

January 26th, 2011

Everything I (then) knew about Regal (they now have their own web page as well)

Regal Find, or Royal Mess?

January 23rd, 2011

Some interesting instruments at a private guitar collector's home

In Search of Genoese Harp Guitars, Part 8: Marco, the Guitar Collector

January 18th, 2011

Gone and forgotten, but not on this site

The Incredible Harp-Violins of Arthur Ferris

January 17th, 2011

Follow-up to the preceding blog below

More on Bending, or Arching, or whatever…Guitars

January 12th, 2011

Originally called Bogenguitarres, I've yet to find consensus on what the name really means

Bent Guitars

January 9th, 2011

My first visit with builder/restorer Antonello Saccu

In Search of Genoese Harp Guitars, Part 6: Antonello Saccu

January 8th, 2011

New information on the outrageous Harmony instruments

More Harp Guitar Harmony

January 5th, 2011

Patent for a "create-your-own" harp guitar

Harp Guitar-on-a-Stick

January 2nd, 2011

I visit the holy grail

In Search of Genoese Harp Guitars, Part 5: Taraffo’s Harp Guitar

December 30th, 2010

An important new CD of Russian guitar music

Russian Harp Guitars

December 28th, 2010

A couple of odd harp guitar "relatives"

Dyphones and Other Monsters

December 26th, 2010

My first visit with builder/restorer Alberto Giordano

In Search of Genoese Harp Guitars, Part 4: A Visit to Pio Montanari & Alberto Giordano

December 17th, 2010

Some incredible non-harp guitars from Rainer Krause

Is it Possible To Have TOO Many Strings on a Guitar?

December 11th, 2010

Franco Ghisalberti's growing harp guitar collection

In Search of Genoese Harp Guitars, Part 2: Franco’s Surprise

November 10th, 2010

Follow-up to the preceding blog below

Postcards from the Edge

November 3rd, 2010

Again, the title says it figure it out!

Attack of the Mysterious Gourd-Bodied Snail-Dragon Harp Guitar Thingys

November 1st, 2010

Two different designs of the Stahl/Maurer "Goiter Guitar"

Dumb and Dumber

October 31st, 2010

Another incredible harp guitar patent

Sub-bass Pitch Changing: It’s all in the Feet

October 25th, 2010

And another...

Harp Guitar Funk

October 24th, 2010

My first presentation on these bizarre instruments

Three-part Harmony

October 22nd, 2010

Still another unusual patent

Change the pitch of your sub-bass strings? A plethora of 100-year-old inventions can show you how!

October 9th, 2010

New instrument finds from collector Rainer Krause

More from Rainer

September 28th, 2010

The generous collector finds and shares a lot of harp guitar specimens with us

Collector Rainer Krause

September 24th, 2010

Nice to see these still pop up from time to time!

Two new museum-worthy Lacôtes discovered in as many weeks!

September 21st, 2010

A new hollow-arm mandolin maker (Laurenti) is discovered.

New Find/Historical Maker/Museum Acquisition

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