Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

The Harp Guitar


This is not a history of the “harp guitar” – something no one has yet attempted (including me) – but the first serious organological approach to these instruments.  Though it includes many historical elements, it is specifically intended to be an organization of the instruments into clearer and more logical groups.  Note that this system is just one way to address the classification of harp guitars.  So far, and since the creation of, it remains the only way that anyone has attempted to address the subject.  There are undoubtedly many ways, and no one way is necessarily best or “right.”  For example, alternate systems might be to organize these instruments either regionally or historically – this would keep German and Viennese instruments together, Knutsens with Dyers, etc.  However, I have chosen to organize by form – specifically, the conceptual methods for attaching extra "harp strings."  This proved to be the only way to answer accurately, and in fully encompassing detail for both the layperson and the scholar, “What is a harp guitar?"...

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