2013 Jeff Sigurdson Harp Guitar
His best build ever, in mint condition!

 

This is the fourth instrument I’ve offered by Canadian luthier Jeff Sigurdson, but for those new to his harp guitars, please allow me this brief history, so you can fully appreciate what you’re seeing.

Several years ago, an old harp guitar acquaintance of mine by the name of John Hartman raved about a Canadian builder named (Jeff) who had been quietly building Dyer-style harp guitars.  John suggested that I consider working with Jeff to build some quality instruments that we could offer through Harp Guitar Music.  On John’s recommendation and a leap of faith I went into a short but successful partnership with Jeff.  I wasn’t disappointed.

My first commission (offered in 2010) I called “one of the best hand-built harp guitar values I've seen in ages” and Jeff “…one of the harp guitar world's best kept secrets.”

Our second collaboration resulted in again in “one of the best hand-built harp guitar values currently available.  Acoustic tone is stellar.  Lovely crisp overtones and nice complex basses.”

Later, I sold John Hartman’s original 2008 instrument.

And now it’s time for the pièce de résistance!

Built shortly after my commissions, this was John’s second Sigurdson (yes, he loved them that much).  For this one, they went all out, including using a set of the gorgeous claro walnut that luthier Kerry Char had cut specifically for harp guitars at my request.

John reluctantly has to part with his prize, but my hope is that his loss will be someone’s gain and life-changing harp guitar moment.  You will rarely see a Sigurdson come up for sale, and Jeff now charges a base price of $10,000 for new builds.  We have this very temptingly priced, as it is "used" (three years old), but absolutely mint.

Though the instrument is not on premises, I can obviously vouch for its quality, and predict that the exceptional tone is similar to those I handled in the past (and perhaps better).  Again, I must emphasize that it is the value that sets these apart; quality and tone are equivalent to a much higher priced instrument.

The owner will send it directly to the customer, shipped in one of my original HGM CaseXtreme lightweight indestructible flight cases, and my standard 48-hour approval period applies.

I’ll let John himself share the rest of the details:

“This is an absolute gem from Jeff Sigurdson. This is the second harp guitar Jeff built for me, and it is better in almost every way from the first one, and the first was a tone monster. This is the only Claro HG I’ve ever played, or seen, and it’s a perfect choice of tonewoods with which to build.

“Jeff builds a modern Dyer variant, incorporating a few contemporary changes of his own, both inside and out.  Though Jeff's specialty is Flamenco and Classical guitars, he honed his steel string expertise during eight years at Larrivée Guitars, and it shows. Jeff builds in the Spanish style and uses only hide glue for all joins, which he swears makes a huge difference tonally. It does.

“Woods include a beautiful master grade, perfectly quartered Lutz spruce top, hand-chosen by Shane Neifer that is packed with medullary rays. The highly flamed, all the way across the set, Claro Walnut was from the Kerry Char’s personal stash. The headplates are ebony, with some figuring in the uncarved bass head.

“Binding on both top and back is deeply figured flamed maple, with an additional b/w strip on the top.  The silver "micro dot" fret markers and bridge inlays are a nod to Jeff’s Larrivée heritage, a leftover influence of his time there. 

“The flat neck dovetail (ala Charles Hoffman) simplifies this time-consuming joint, while more time is spent on the internal bracing (using all hide glue construction) and a beautiful gloss nitro varnish for the body with a satin finish on the neck.  Sub-bass nut posts are custom made of metal.  

“This is very sweet instrument that offers a great value for the cost. Acoustic tone is BIG, complex, lush, clear, sweet as can be, and very even across all the strings.  Basses are crisp and complex with lush overtones. Balance is perfect across all 6 sub-basses.”

Again, with the other three Sigurdson transactions under my belt, I know you can take John's comments to the bank!

- Gregg "Sir Gregory" Miner

 

Specifications:

  • Top: Master Grade Lutz Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Flamed Claro Walnut
  • Ebony headplates, fingerboard & bridge
  • Flamed maple binding on top and back  
  • Silver fretboard markers
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bone Nut and Compensated Saddle
  • Nitro Gloss Finish on body, Nitro satin on neck
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 1-13/16" nut width
  • Golden Age Restoration 3 on a plate tuners with white ivoroid buttons
  • Gotoh 4:1 sub-bass tuners with white ivoroid buttons 
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • 6 sub-bass strings in Bennett tuning (GABCDG) Other strings and tunings available
  • Dimensions: 15-5/8" lower bout, 4-1/2" depth @ tail block, 42" total length
  • CaseXtreme flight case.

Price: $6750 (additional 3% fee if paying via CC or Paypal)
Shipping not included; 48-hour approval period

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On Consignment, not on premises


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