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 base model ― is thus
one of the most affordable harp guitars currently made in America.
Inspired greatly by Chris Knutsenís hundred-year-old harp guitars, the Powell brothers have created a repeatable product with sufficiently attractive aesthetics that fills a nice niche between entry-level and more expensive handmade harp guitars.
To this end, appointments are kept simple, the satin finish is held to a reasonable minimum with visible open grains on the back and sides, while hardware, set-up and tone are all excellent. Theyíve recently started to add top and back solid wood binding, which this one has. Itís nicely balanced and powerful acoustically (slightly 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 Dyerís 12! As you may have heard, I insist on stocking the best-sounding (and looking) instruments the brothers can supply.
Some recent testimonials Iíve received:
"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. ― Jerry Brown, June, 2014
"It's a wonderful sounding instrument. I'm extremely pleased with its sustain, tone & playability." ― Bruce Labadie
A growing list of players have been trying out this worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Dyer copies out there. Perhaps you should, too!
-Gregg "Sir Gregory" Miner
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