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11414 Lyndon’s Harp Guitar

Probably the most challenging but most satisfying project that I’ve undertaken in goodness knows how many years of guitar making…

The harp guitar was based on a 27 stringed instrument built by Keith Medley in the US several years ago which we found on the net a year or so ago. Lyndon modified the Medley design to suit his own requirements which also included adding another string to the harp section to make 28 strings. After three full-sized mockups, the design was finalised and six months later, the harp guitar was finished.

The construction, while obviously acoustic, was nothing like I’d built before and the final outcome was from my point of view, all but impossible to predict.

The final result, however, proved to be everything – perhaps even more- than both Lyndon and I had dared to hope for, with wonderful tone, sustain, volume and playability.

The top is three pieces of englemann spruce and the back, sides and neck are plantation grown mahogany. The macassar ebony fret board is inlaid with an extensive paua shell design and the three sound holes also have paua shell rosettes.

Lyndon had several items that he wanted me to inlay including a quite old gold lyre-shaped brooch that his wife Miriam had bought and requested be inlaid in the bridge.

After having the harp guitar for a couple of days, he made this film clip using only the mic in his video camera for my website..

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