Duane’s first harp guitar
with a tree-of-life fretboard – made of stunning Paua
abalone – makes this one a standout!
Its other novel feature is the cedar top – but not
just any cedar. Based on
the growth rings, the log was estimated to be at least 500 years
old…that’s right – here before the white man cometh.
It has extremely tight grain, which makes it sound very
different from normal cedar. More
like – well, Sitka spruce, if it had been played for a solid year
straight by Stacy Hobbs. How
do I know? Because I heard
Duane A/B this with Stacy’s Noble at HGG7,
and we could hardly tell them apart.
They thought the cedar was actually a teensy bit “brighter”
- I heard it as ever so subtly more “round.”
Go figure. You will
undoubtedly love the overall tone, volume and balance in any event.
If you recall, Stacy’s Noble
is the “kinda sorta almost Gregg Miner model” sold
in July, 2008. This one is
its sister (or brother). Same
gorgeous curly Claro walnut back and sides. The
“GM appointments” (not that I hold a trademark on them) are the
radiused fingerboard (10-17" compound), nut width
(1-7/8) and arm soundhole size.
Duane’s custom appointments for this one include koa binding and arm bevel, offset along the sides and back (both!) with a thin red border. Against the walnut, this is another trademark Noble “chocolately good” feast for the eyes (my term, as “rich and yummy” is the only way I can describe it!). Ebony fretboard, bridge and headplates help offset the outrageously gorgeous Paua abalone fingerboard inlay.
includes one of my HGM gig bags (Flight case available here
if you are so inclined).
I noted an interesting new
perspective when this came in and I examined it in my home.
Namely, that, at the Gathering, as beautiful as it was (and
played and sounded), it was a bit lost in the midst of so many
instruments and the noise, excitement and distractions of the event.
Then, when cradling in my lap in the comfort and familiarity
and quiet of my own home, it became a very different, intimate
encounter. During this
close inspection, the fit and finish (a 10, or maybe a “Spinal Tap
11”), the color, the textures, the vibrations – all were
dramatically intensified. In
reality, they were always there – I just needed the “alone” time
So do you.
Don’t just trust the photos or the specs.
Take it home and fall in love.
- Gregg Miner, the "harp guitar pope"
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