|Electric Harp Guitars
In 1987, guitar legend Michael Hedges
(1953-1997) approached Steve Klein and asked him to make a modern
acoustic harp guitar. After several attempts at creating drawings
for an acoustic harp guitar, Steve Klein proposed an electric instrument, the Electric Harp Guitar on the left. Equipped with a headless 6-string neck for better balance, it also
has a Steinberger Trans-Trem on it. The sub-bass strings are supported
by three aluminum tubes in a triangular configuration.
The Electric Harp Guitar (at right) was made by musical artist Tim Donahue
The harp guitar is a musical instrument combining features found in the guitar and the harp. Originally manufactured as a "novelty" instrument, the harp strings are used as bass or drone strings, adding to the harmonic texture. Hybrid styles are possibly the rarest of all, although harp mandolins do exist.