#1
Anybody hear of the harp guitar? Ever play one? I saw one on "Guitar Picks" and if I had the money I would love to get one. How hard would it be to learn?
#2
The harp guitar has a normal course of 6 strings that you play, and a varying number of "sympathetic" strings that resonate with the guitar as it's being played. The sound is more like a hammered dulcimer than a harp.
They are interesting instruments and can provide a definite, quirky sound when that's desired.
Prominently featured in the opening moments of The Last Waltz...
On the downside... All those extra strings have to be installed and kept in tune... The guitars tend to be large and unweildy, and require large cases.
All this for a special purpose instrument. As well, most are "vintage" and likely expensive.

Maybe a nice 12-string?
#3
The extra strings are not always just there as sympathetic drones. Much like certain variants of the lute, the harp guitar's diapasons (strings not over the fingerboard) can be tuned to create stepwise motion in the bass register.
#4
Quote by mack1992
Anybody hear of the harp guitar? Ever play one? I saw one on "Guitar Picks" and if I had the money I would love to get one. How hard would it be to learn?
OK, Keith Medley has been campaigning with his "27 string guitar". He's not copping to it, but this anny-mule is a harp guitar...Here's a video of him playing it" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj5-vKuXT8s BTW, I'm about 99 44/100% sure he's got a ton of FX between it and the amp.

A Google search elicits a lot of information about these instruments: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&channel=s&hl=en&source=hp&biw=&bih=&q=harp+guitars&oq=harp+guitars&aq=f&aqi=g3g-v5g-j2&aql=&gs_sm=12&gs_upl=14588l14588l1l26439l1l1l1l0l0l0l0l0ll0l0

Here's some photos of the Medly build: https://plus.google.com/108109423665598413250#photos/108109423665598413250/albums/5637977697620363601
Last edited by Captaincranky at Mar 5, 2012,
#5
If you want to see one in action, youtube a guy named Andy McKee. Amazing player.
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