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This is an Orville Gibson Harp-Guitar, built around 1900. Notice that the bass section has both the tuners and string anchors built on to the main body of the instrument. The Gibson Style U Harp-Guitar. This instrument was heavily promoted by Gibson from 1904 all the way through the mid 1920s, when it was finally discontinued. Most Gibson Harp-Guitars were built from very thick wood, causing them to be very heavy and sound like a chest of drawers with strings.
The Dyer Symphony Harp-Guitar was made in Chicago, Illinois by Larson Brothers Guitars. It was marketed and sold under the Dyer name by William John Dyer, who was based in St. Paul Minnesota. This top of the line Style #8 Harp-Guitar was built by the Larson Brothers of Chicago, Illinois and marketed by W. J. Dyer from the early 1900s through the 1920s.
     
The instrument on the left is The American Conservatory model Harp-Guitar, built by Washburn in the early 1900s. It featured two necks, one standard and one fretless bass. The head was cast aluminum, a rarity for its time This is a Washburn Lyre-Guitar dating back to 1892. This instrument is probably the earliest version of the modern American Harp-Guitar.
     
Here is a Knutsen Harp-Guitar, circa 1900. Most Harp-Guitars made in the 20th century are based on this early design. This Maurer Harp-Guitar was made around 1910 at the Larson Brothers factory in Chicago, and was probably one of a kind.
       
This unusual Regal Harp-Guitar was probably made by the Larsons between 1901-1904 when it was a Indianapolis splinter off of the original Indianapolis based Wulschner company. It was later sold to L.&H.

Edgar A. Vila Harp Guitar - 2004 great work Eddie!

 

Dyer Dyer Harp-Guitar Style 4 # 863 was probably made by the Larsons between 1925-1929. Purchased by me from George Gruen of Nashville in June 2008. Wanda Brittain Harp-Guitar custom built for me by Mike Brittain, luthier of Fort Myers Florida. What detail!

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