Style 5 Symphony Harp Guitar, c.1915
This was the first harp guitar I ever brokered,
before the days of Harp Guitar Music. A couple years later, the
client realized he had barely played (he has too many guitars). I
talked him into upgrading to Waverly 4:1 tuners for the subs (a $150
value). I may have the original friction pegs around somewhere if
the buyer is really interested (they were all but unusable). Otherwise
it's all-original and largely untouched. The cosmetics were left
alone, as this was clearly a well-played and well-loved instrument.
The bridge was re-glued at some point, there are a couple repaired areas
and small areas of glue slop here and there, and I see two small cracks -
one on the side that seems closed, and a 2-1/2" long tight, but open crack
on the back. The tuners and set-up (not much) were done by Rufie
Barnes of the Claremont Folk Music Center. Some fret wear (on
replaced frets I assume), plenty of finger depressions in the fretboard,
action about 1/8" at the 12th fret, intonates pretty well. I recall
the tone as not being as "pretty" as most Dyers. Now that it's back,
I note that the subs are nice and strong, and the neck section not as
"open" as killer Dyers, but still a great vintage sound. It has
plenty of "presence" because it is more direct - it doesn't have all the
ringing overtones, which is not necessarily good or bad. Truth be
told, the strings are too dead to evaluate fully.
Style 5 is the second grade in the five levels of "Type 1" Dyer models. This one has the preferred 6 sub-basses. All in all, a solid instrument that is ready to go.
Comes with the client's black Harp Guitar Music gig bag (minor dirt outside). If you prefer to shop for an alternate case, I'll give a $125 rebate on the gig bag.
-Gregg Miner, the "harp guitar pope"
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