Show us your rarest/most unusual guitar

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  1. tricklick

    tricklick Junior Member

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    I don't know if there is more than one Harden Engineering Chicago II (see pic). These are all custom made although at the moment they seem to be producing a guitar they call The Switchblade almost exclusively even if each one seems to be different! They have the thinnest neck I've ever played and take some getting used to - it pays off in the end though. The steel plates, inlays, pup surrounds and string guides are all unusual but purposeful. I won't drivel on about them. This is their website: Harden Engineering :: Custom Guitars
     

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    I've got a couple odd-balls, nothing special, but I will take a pic when I get home & post.

    The one on the link you provided, like a LP w/ SG lower horn.
    Not bad looking if you ask me, dont like the color's, but different, that's for sure.
     
  3. tricklick

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    Yeah the colours on some are a bit of candy shop special. I like the steel plates on them and the length of body strings on mine make for good sustain on what is an incredibly light guitar.
     
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    It would have to be my 1940 National Lap Steel guitar. Here it is in front of some of my other guitars.
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    Epiphone T-310's not rare, but top to bottom, unusual/odd anyway.

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    Not really rare as in mega valuable, but rare in the sense you don't see many of these around ....plus they're my most unusual.


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    probably my Mighty Mite Partsocaster, maple neck, ebony fretboard, northern ash body with red metal flake sparkle, fender lace sensors that came out of my strat plus deluxe wich now has texas specials in it... this ones not necessarily rare, but one a kind =)
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    Man, that things gotta have sustain for days! J/K
    Got any pics from the front? Details?
     
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    Harpozep V.I.P. Member

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    Man, WHAT is that thing? Looks like a marine life autopsy.:laugh2: Very cool and eye catching:thumb:



    Oh, mine is not that rare, but Since so few play them, it is unusual, My Harp Guitar:

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    Is there much music written for the harp guitar or do you just improvise a lot! I think I have seen something like your instrument but, if I recall correctly, the guitar had more strings.
     
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    The metal guitar is a great eye-catcher, it must have cost a small fortune. Is it galvanized steel? It would be interesting to know how the metal coating affects the guitar's sound.
     
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    Hi . There are Harp Guitar Covens around the world, where like minded Harpist gather .



    Here is the big one:
    The Harp Guitar Gathering
    The International Harp Guitar Gathering

    Some music has been written for the Harp guitar, but mostly you just take a guitar or piano score and see what you can come up with. Lots of ways to tune the drones. It has the attraction of a double neck, but can be played as a single if you adjust your right hand picking. Some folks tap on the main neck and pick the notes on the bass strings.
    Lots of nice music coming from talented folks with these instruments.

    Here's Andy with some progressive stuff:
    YouTube - Andy Mckee - The Friend I never met - www.candyrat.com

    Here's Stephen playing in a more traditional style simply incorporating the bass into the song structure rather than playing the Harp Guitar like it is two different instruments like Andy did above.
    YouTube - Over the Rainbow by Stephen Bennett
     
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    How bewitching!
     
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    wow that resembles a telecaster a little bit.
     
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    :applause::applause::applause::applause:
    ... do you mean Andy's performance on the harp guitar ???
    That's nothing than boring, sorry ... he's doing better on guitars ... :)
     
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    It's an RKS Ruby Red from RKS guitars in southern California. The red body is made of tenite, which is an early 20th century polymer that's actually comprised of 93% wood fiber. 25.5" scale, 10" to 12" compound radius, ebony fretboard (it looks like rosewood but its ebony) Buzz Feiten tuning system, aluminum ribs, completely recessed controls, some sort of custom pickups made by Dimarzio. The neck is fairly fat.

    I haven't seen many of these around but the craftsmanship is first rate and it's a phenominal player. Very easy and comfortable guitar to play unless you want a little skinny neck. Ravi K. Sawhney is a world renown industrial designer that started taking guitar lessons a few years back and ended up designing a new guitar with an acquaintance, guitarist Dave Mason. I believe Musicians Friend carries the RKS budget line called RKS Wave.

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    No, it's entirely aluminum.
     
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    I typically dont like odd balls Juneya, but that one is bad-ass.
    Thanks for the top view, I was a little lost on what is actually looked
    like from the end-profile shot.
     
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    Here's my 80's Steinberger, made in the NJ plant.

    They are getting rarer, and get snatched up pretty quick for some good coin.

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    Hmm, people want those again? Weird? I had a five string Bass of theirs. It sounded all Chis Sqirey. Nor for me, but a fun beast for a Bass soloist.
    Michael hedges had a Steinberger electric Harp guitar with a trans trem.

    I remember the typiocal Eighties guitarist setup , besides a superstrat with a Kahler and a huge rack,There was a Galien Kruger 250 Lunchbox, and a Steinberger like yours. Just add some high hair and we are there:cool::D .
     

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