The Harp Guitar is a 20-string
instrument, shaped much like a guitar, but with an extended
second neck, stretching above the main neck of the instrument.
This second neck holds seven unfretted bass strings,
which are plucked like those of a harp. The six central
strings are fretted on the standard guitar neck, and
are frequently strummed like on a standard guitar. There
are also eight unfretted treble strings below these
"guitar" strings, which are also plucked.
(1953-1997) is a name well known among harp guitar aficionados.
The 1986 release of his composition "Because It's There"
can be credited with reawakening a great deal of interest
in an instrument that had become little more than a
pawn shop curiosity. Michael was also known for changing
the way people play the guitar. He pioneered the use
of slapped harmonics, percussive use of the guitar body,
and 2-handed tapping techniques. He was always searching
for new sounds with his 6-strings, his harp guitars,
an even a few instruments without strings. Michael used
Dyer harp guitars and a custom made Klein electric harp
guitar. Sadly, Michael was killed in a car accident
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