Happy 4th!

Have a great Holiday Week!

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Nylon/Classical 21 String

Sinker Redwood Top - Nearing completion this month

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Claro Walnut Back & Sides

Presentation Grade Tonewoods!

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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.

Happy July 4th USA!

What's New for the 4th?

Instruments

Monday (6/4) several more new instruments will be released and shipped. They include Bocote Harp Ukuleles, Maple 12 String Harp Guitars, Wenge 21 String Harp Guitars and the first Baritone Fanned Fret Guitars. It will be a treat to play/review the new Baritones. Following close behind this week's release with be the new 21 String Cocobolo Harp Guitars and the very first 21 String Nylon/Classical Harp Guitar. They all look stunning! Monday, I'll have good quality photos, video, review and post them online. These new instruments have taken longer than usual to complete as we strive for the best quality possible.

Nearing the end of July, several nice Fanned Fret Guitars will be nearing completion including a large batch of Cocobolo rosewood and Hawaiian Koa.

The new Wenge/Redwood Harp Ukuleles have drawn some serious attention and there are several on the work bench. ETA may be around the end of August to first of September. Aged Curly Redwood has a very nice tone with a lot of character. It's my personal favorite!

As all of these projects come to a close this summer, we're gearing up for the 2015 Holiday Season. There will be some attractive specials and promotions for Christmas. These promotions will be next-day-shipping to have the gifts ready before the Christmas rush. The newsletter for the instruments will have more details. Expect the newsletter around the middle of July.

Tonewoods

As we enter Autumn, the Holiday Season and into 2016 these are the back/sides tonewood choices:

Fanned Fret Guitars - Maple, Sapele, Rosewood, Koa and on occasionally Ziricote.

Harp Guitars - Maple, Sapele, Bubinga, Padauk and Bocote. These are the species that are available large (and stable) enough for harp guitar construction. There may be others added occasionally, depending on availability and price.

Harp Ukuleles - Maple, Sapele, Bubinga, Bocote, Wenge, Koa, Rosewood and possible others The Harp Ukulele is smaller that either harp guitars and fanned fret guitars therefor there are more choices to select from.

Bluegrass Music

I'm working on a new Song of the Month for the Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Fiddle, Guitar and Mandolin. It should be ready next week. Also, I'm working on more guitar (six-string) music. There are two new books and instructional video coming.

There is a new installment for the "Getting Started on the Harp Ukulele" coming this next week. What a fun instrument to play!

Have a great Holiday Week!

Claro Walnut & Cedar Tonewoods

The new Claro Walnut with Western Red Cedar Fanned Fret Guitar was recently 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. ETA this autumn.


"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!

 

 

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"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.

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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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