Merrill 2010 "Style 5-1/2" Harp Guitar
Brand new, custom built for Harp Guitar Music
Back in stock, barely used


This is the 17th harp guitar that Jim Merrill (and Company) has built, since that very first Dyer copy for Stephen Bennett.  That was of course many years ago, and considering how popular these instruments are, there are never enough to go around.

That's why I commissioned a new instrument from Jim in 2009.  No, they don't crank these out, but then that's probably why they're still one of the absolute finest-sounding (and well-built) Dyer style instruments ever made.

This one is no exception.  I've played it enough now to hear it opened up, and it is about as stellar as they come.  You will indeed get your money's worth in the tone department.

Style-wise, I asked for traditional Dyer appointments.  The lovely and delicate multi-colored purfling around the top and both soundholes duplicates a Style 5, but we also added the ivoroid back binding of the Style 6.  With select Sitka top, dark Honduras mahogany back and sides, and rosewood headplates, this is a pretty classic and classy modern Dyer copy.

We chose 1-13/16" for the nut width (or a hair under) to best accommodate the largest variety of potential players.  Though I prefer the nearly 2" of the originals, I had no problem playing this for my Gathering set.

As far as I know, this is the only one on the market.  Secondhand instruments are rare and have gone fast (and close to full price), so consider investing in your dream harp guitar now.

9/1/14: A few dings in top are now present, general light finish wear.

-Gregg (Sir Gregory) Miner


  • Serial # 17, Dated Oct 29, 2010 
  • Sitka spruce top
  • Honduras mahogany back, sides and neck
  • Rosewood headstock veneer
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Binding: Traditional Dyer multi-colored purfling and ivoroid
  • Dot pearl fretboard markers.
  • 5-star 4:1 sub-bass tuners with ivoroid Waverly buttons
  • Waverly neck tuners
  • Six sub-bass strings
  • 25-3/8" scale
  • 1-25/32" nut width
  • Dimensions: 15-3/4" lower bout, 4" depth at tail block, ~41-1/2" total length

Price: $10,500 $8500 SOLD!

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