2014 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 basic model
― is thus one of the most
affordable harp guitars currently made in America.
Some recent testimonials:
"Thanks for the extreme care in packaging. (The Tonedevil) arrived in great condition. Best $600 "upgrade" that I've ever made. Prior instrument I tried did not have any where near the tone quality the Tonedevil has. Nor to the non-professional eye, the quality workmanship. Thanks for a world class transaction and an excellent instrument. Please pass on my appreciation to the Powell brothers for making a quality value for a first timer entering what I hope will be many years of enjoyment. Regards, Jerry" ― (Brown, June, 2014)
"It's a wonderful sounding instrument. I'm extremely pleased with it's sustain, tone & playability." ― Bruce Labadie
The Powell brothers have always focused on musical functionality over cosmetics, now having created a very repeatable product with sufficiently attractive aesthetics that fills a nice niche between entry-level and more expensive handmade harp guitars. Inspired greatly by Chris Knutsen’s hundred-year-old harp guitars, their instruments give off a distinctive handmade-in-Idaho vibe.
To this end, appointments are kept simple, fit and finish held to a reasonable minimum, while hardware, set-up and tone are all excellent. Nicely balanced and powerful acoustically (more fundamentals than partials), 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 Dyer’s 12.
A growing list of players has been trying out this worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Dyer copies out there. Perhaps you should, too!
-Gregg "Sir Gregory" Miner
Condition specifics: Brand new; a couple insignificant marks in wood, a tiny ding in back.
Strings: Currently strung in standard sub-bass tuning, low tension John Pearse strings (other tunings and string options available here).
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