Zircote Tone Wood

Fanned Fret Guitar

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Claro Walnut & Cedar

New Fanned Fret Guitars! This is a great tonewood combination.

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Building Harp Guitars!

We're re-organizing to meet the growing demand for Fanned Fret - Harp Guitars.

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"Getting Started on Harp Ukulele"

I've launched a new, free video series to promote the new Harp Ukulele. The series includes the harp ukulele tab so you can follow along.

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"Old Joe Clark"

Bluegrass Festival Season is here and it's time to learn a great jamming tune, "Old Joe Clark", the new Song of the Month.

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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

Henry Ford.

It's Summer!

Mid-year Review

We've made good progress with the Fanned Fret - Harp Guitars the first half of 2015. We’re nearing completion of several orders; Fanned Fret Guitars, Harp Guitars and Harp Ukuleles. We’re pushing hard to have most of these completed in July. This will make room for the production model instruments for the holiday season starting August. Christmas is coming quickly!

Important accomplishments the first 6 months of 2015 have been incorporating new tone woods, Claro Walnut and Ziricote. The new Ziricote Fanned Fret Guitars were recently released. Click here for the video. Ziricote tone wood has a great voice and will be added to the catalog. As soon as the wood is dry, a Ziricote fanned fret Baritone with a Curly Redwood top will be on the bench. That should be an interesting combination! More Ziricote Fanned Frets Guitars will be added to the catalog as we gain more experience with this material; it's challenging material. The Cocobolo Fanned Fret Guitars are also very nice.

For the Fanned Fret Guitar production models this holiday season, we will be focusing on four tone woods for the back and sides: Sapele, Rosewood, Koa and Ziricote. Tops will be Sitka Spruce, Adirondack, Carpathian, Cedar or Redwood. Keeping the menu smaller will speed up production and keep prices as low as possible.

The production model tone woods for the Harp Guitars will be Sapele, Flamed Maple and Bocote. Tops will be Carpathian, Sitka, Cedar or Redwood. There may be other tone woods used from time to time as they can be secured and at a good price. However, the above three will be the standards.

The production model Harp Ukuleles will be Maple, Sapele, Wenge, Padauk and others as the tone woods are secured.

A major step forward for the harp guitar the first half of this year have been sharping levers. We now make our own sharping levers to match the instruments. This is an exciting development. More hardware will be produced in the shop to smooth out production and keep prices to a minimum.

Bitcoin is now accepted for Fanned Fret – Harp Guitars! Bitcoin is a decentralized payment system that eliminates exorbitant banking fees. The prices of the Fanned Fret - Harp Guitars will continue to drop lower and lower with Bitcoin. Learn more about Bitcoin here.

I'm working on some more new free bluegrass arrangements and video tutorials. There are new, free video tutorials coming for the Harp Ukulele. They will begin to be posted this month. The videos will be highlighting music theory and improvising on the various bluegrass instruments, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Fiddle and Dobro and creative ideas for the Harp Ukulele and Harp Guitar. Full details on all of these and more are in the newsletter.

So, what’s coming for the second half of 2015?

The next new releases will be the new 21 String Classical/Nylon Harp Guitar, and the first Baritone Fanned Fret Guitars. They will begin to be released this month. Also, coming, right around August, will be the very first, Fanned Fret Harp Guitars; 21 string and the new 13 string versions. Also, this month, there will be an “entry-level” Fanned Fret Guitar released. There are many other intriguing projects on the drawing board and in progress that will be revealed soon.

Have a great Holiday Weekend!

Claro Walnut & Cedar Tonewoods

This month, the new Claro Walnut with Western Red Cedar Fanned Fret Guitar was released. It's a beauty in both tone and appearance.

Click here for the full photo set

Click here for the video.

Claro Walnut will be a regular stock item in the Showroom. The next two Claro Walnut Fanned Fret Guitars will have Curly Sequoia Redwood tops. One will be a standard six-string and the other a seven-string Baritone.

See the Showroom for their ETA.

"Getting Started on the Harp Ukulele"

The new instruments that I'm creating/building in L'viv, like the Harp Guitar and Harp Ukulele, open many new possibilities for the standard instruments we've been playing for generations.

The Harp Ukulele, for example, traditionally uses 4 strings. The new Harp Ukulele has an additional 6 sub-bass strings tuned, A, B, C, D, E, F which then leads into the standard Uke tuning, G, C, E, A. How can you use these additional sub-bass strings? There are as many possibilities as there are Uke players. To stimulate everyone's imagination, I'm now posting regular video tutorials on the Harp Ukulele with the Harp Ukulele Tablature on-screen.

Harp Ukuleles are available for purchase so you can play along with the video!





"Song of the Month"

"Old Joe Clark"

Bluegrass festival season is here and it's time to dust off those banjos and guitars; change the strings and get your fingers toughened up for some campground jamming!

One of the best songs, and probably in the "top 10" of festival jamming tunes is "Old Joe Clark". It's a simple, straight forward melody that is both beginner-friendly and an open field for some hot improvisation. Included in the download package are the pdf tablatures and play-along mp3s. The password to open the zip package is in this month's newsletter.



Sharping Lever Updates

New Design for the Harp Guitar

We've been working an even better design for Harp Guitar sharping levers that will better fit the super-trebles on the 21 String Harp Guitar as well as work smooth for the sub-basses and future guitar designs. These are being made in our shop/factory in L'viv.

In the photo (right) is the new prototype. It can be a variety of colors. The standard will be black. This will further help reduce costs related to the complexity of the 21 String Harp Guitar.

So, we're making good progress in Harp Guitar design and price reduction for the public. The latest advancement has been the introduction of Bitcoin payments and now in-house design of sharping levers.

The last couple of years have had many challenges to produce and create a quality, affordable 21 String Harp Guitar. The efforts and patience have been worth the wait. 2015, we're gaining good traction and by the holiday season we should have a steady flow of wonderful, modestly priced Harp Guitars and Fanned Frets available for everyone!


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