Lark in the Morning Harp Guitar

With hardshell LIM case:      $1850
(cash or check discount price $1795)

Without case (on request):  $1600
(cash or check discount price $1555)

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Now taking orders for Fall, 2007

 

These instruments are currently out-of-stock at Lark in the Morning, where they come in about every six months in small quantities (apparently, they sold out after several customers who inquired about the used LIM listing on Harp Guitar Music, decided on a new instrument!).  We will have one in stock as soon as they are available and will order additional quantities if advance orders with deposit are received.  They are also available directly from Lark in the Morning.

Why order from Harp Guitar Music? 

The base price is exactly the same, but the nominal HGM percentage helps support this site and the growing harp guitar movement.  Additionally, we can custom-string the instrument to your specific tuning preferences, optimize the nut and truss rod, and upgrade tuners for you (this is a must), all at your request (email for quotes).  We are also working with Lark in the Morning on ways to improve this practical, low-priced entry-level instrument.

Specifications: 

  • Solid Spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Fully adjustable truss rod
  • Six sub-bass strings
  • Dimensions: 41 1/2" total length, 39" guitar length, 15 1/2" guitar body width, 2" nut width

The good and the bad:

Lark in the Morning harp guitars have been around for quite awhile, as the only commercially available harp guitar, period.  They are approximations of the classic Dyer harp guitar, are made in Mexico, and thus a bargain compared to other professional instruments.  The quality is more than adequate for an unusual instrument in this price range, and the sound is generally loud and robust, if a little lacking in finesse.  Aesthetically, they are sort of halfway between a classic Dyer and a slightly gaudy classical guitar.  Please note that appearance and features may vary somewhat; for instance the soundhole may be standard size or larger, as in the two images shown.  The most common questions we are always asked are: How do they compare to a Dyer? and: Is it OK for professional use?  To the latter – that is a matter of personal preference, but in our opinion: no, but close.  The tuners should be replaced, and better players might want to have the nut and fingerboard re-dressed.  The necks are not as wide as on a classical guitar, but wider and thicker than a typical modern steel-string guitar, so may not be suitable for beginners or electric guitarists.  Tone-wise, nothing can compare to a Larson-built Dyer, other than some of the copies by today's best luthiers, selling for several thousand dollars.  But there are many fine guitarists are out there playing Hedges’ Because It’s There perfectly well on these LIMs.  Order yours now and join the growing movement!


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