Tonedevil S-12 harp guitar
Tone and Dave Powell have been building guitars,
mandolins and harp guitars for many years now, and continue to make
improvements on their harp guitars. Their
new Idaho factory has updated equipment and lots of space for more of an
assembly line flow to help keep costs down.
Their S-12 harp guitar ― their base model ― is thus
one of the most affordable harp guitars currently made in America.
Inspired greatly by Chris Knutsenís hundred-year-old harp guitars, the Powell brothers have created a repeatable product with sufficiently attractive aesthetics that fills a nice niche between entry-level and more expensive handmade harp guitars.
To this end, appointments are kept simple, the satin finish is held to a reasonable minimum with visible open grains on the back and sides, while hardware, set-up and tone are all excellent. This one includes solid wood binding on the top and back. Itís nicely balanced and powerful acoustically, with a passive Tonedevil 3-contact piezo pickup system to crank it up live. Note that it has 14 frets to the body, as compared to the Dyerís 12! As you may have heard, I insist on stocking the best-sounding (and looking) instruments the brothers can supply. This one is the best of what they currently offer, includes a hard Tonedevil wooden case (new streamlined version to save on costs), and is listed below their current retail price.
The list of musicians now playing this worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Dyer copies out there continues to grow. Your turn!
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