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Chris Knutsen: From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family by George T. Noe & Daniel Most 

190 pages, paper

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The ground-breaking book begins with Knutsen's life in the 1890s in Port Townsend at about the time of his harp guitar patent applications and follows his life and the development of his instruments in Port Townsend, Tacoma, Seattle and Los Angeles, and his influence on other luthiers, until his death in Los Angeles in 1930.  Chris Knutsen has been possibly the most unappreciated luthier of his era.  His contributions to, and influence on, the development of the Hawaiian steel guitar, in particular, have been largely overshadowed by those who came after him, both then and now.   He was the first mainland luthier to build instruments specifically designed to be played in the style used and taught by Hawaiian musicians.  More >>>

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With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars by Jonathan Kellerman

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Not only one of the most beautiful, but one of the most personal guitar collection books you'll ever find.  The full-color, 368-page feast measures a whopping 12.3 x 10.4 x 1.3 inches.  Famed mystery novelist Jonathan Kellerman writes, paints, and plays guitar - and he's got a few.  He only collects what can be played and only those instruments that sound great.  Harp guitar fans will find several Knutsens (mostly steels and harp-steels) plus harp mandolins and a harp uke.  Great instruments, great writing!  Signed by the Author!

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The Lute in Europe 2: Lutes, Guitars, Mandolins, and Citterns
by Andreas Schlegel & Joachim Lüdtke

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The long-awaited new edition of The Lute in Europe is here! Greatly expanded, the new hardcover features 447 pages and 150 full color photos - an inch and a half thick!  Along with historical lutes, there is coverage on early medieval instruments, guitars, mandolins and citterns (and even a harp guitar or two...).

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Ivan Padovec (1800-1873) and His Age
Edited by Vjera Katalinić – Sanja Majer-Bobetko

400+ pages, 7 x 9-1/2", paper

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Presents the life, times and music of Ivan Padovec - no stranger to Early Romantic guitar players and scholars, but little known (until now) to the rest of us.  Articles are in Croatian with summaries in English, and one in English with summary in Croatian.  Of particular interest to harp guitar researchers and historical guitar scholars is Alex Timmerman's exhaustive English chapter titled "Guitars with Extra Bass Strings. Johann Georg Stauffer, His Son Johann Anton Stauffer and Their Contemporaries."  In his 50 pages plus 41 pages of photographs (the majority in full color) he provides a remarkable investigation into European bass-guitars (harp guitars).

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