2014 Tonedevil S-12 Harp Guitar
Made in the USA! An affordable, amplified, professional instrument  

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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 basic model ― is thus one of the most affordable harp guitars currently made in America.

Some recent testimonials:

"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. Regards, Jerry" ― (Brown, June, 2014)

"It's a wonderful sounding instrument. I'm extremely pleased with it's sustain, tone & playability." ― Bruce Labadie

The Powell brothers have always focused on musical functionality over cosmetics, now having created a very repeatable product with sufficiently attractive aesthetics that fills a nice niche between entry-level and more expensive handmade harp guitars.  Inspired greatly by Chris Knutsen’s hundred-year-old harp guitars, their instruments give off a distinctive handmade-in-Idaho vibe.

To this end, appointments are kept simple, fit and finish held to a reasonable minimum, while hardware, set-up and tone are all excellent.  Nicely balanced and powerful acoustically (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 Dyer’s 12.

Here’s harp guitar master Dave Powell putting one of these instruments through its paces:
St. Anne's Reel

A loose-fitting soft keyboard case is included.  

Limited Lifetime Warranty.

A growing list of players has been trying out this worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Dyer copies out there.  Perhaps you should, too!

-Gregg "Sir Gregory" Miner

  • Serial #1046
  • Solid Alaskan Sitka spruce top
    • Flexed tension radius on top/back
  • Solid African mahogany back, sides and neck
  • Spruce bracing
    • Modified X-brace
    • Slanted back bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard (12″ radius)
  • Walnut bridge
  • Ebony bridge pins
  • Modified Classical Spanish Heel neck joint
    • Machine duplicated neck
    • Neck-through construction
    • Standard welded-end adjustable truss rod
  • Walnut head veneers
  • Bone nut and saddles
  • Satin lacquer finish (applied directly to the instrument without grain filler and built up with several thin coats)
  • Gotoh 16:1 gear ratio professional tuners
  • Passive 3-Contact Pickup System
  • Dimensions:
    • 25-1/2″ guitar scale length
    • 1-7/8″ width at nut
    • 15-1/2″ body width at bout
    • 4-3/4″ body depth at tail
    • 3-1/8″ body depth at harp head
    • 41.5″ overall length of instrument
    • 34″ length of lowest harp string
    • 28″ length of first harp string
  • Soft Case Gig Bag included

Condition specifics: Brand new; a couple insignificant marks in wood, a tiny ding in back.

Strings: Currently strung in standard sub-bass tuning, low tension John Pearse strings (other tunings and string options available here).

Price: $2280 SOLD

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