Multi-Bass 7-string, 8-string, 9-string, 10-string and 19th Century Harp Guitars
Editor's Note: The best site on the internet for "harp guitar" is by my friend and colleague Gregg Miner. Gregg's site is www.harpguitars.net. I highly recommend a thorough review of that site.
Fahrbach: 12-String harp guitar
Some 19th century guitars had more than 6 strings in order to extend the instrument's range. Usually, these extra strings were bass strings tuned in pitch below the guitar's low E string. This was not a surprising development, since the first 6-string guitar was simply a Baroque 5-string guitar fitted with an extra 6th bass string. There was tremendous experimentation with guitar design in the 19th century as evidenced by the wide array of body shapes, designs, and decorations, as well as the number of strings. There is some evidence to suggest that perhaps single-course 7-10 string guitars and guitar-lyres may have been invented before the 6-course guitar which was first double-strung. The extra strings were attached either to the side of the headstock, or by using a double neck....
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