My friend Michael Schreiner has been coming to the yearly Harp Guitar Gatherings since at least No. 4. We knew he owned a music store and did guitar repairs, and had built guitars since the 1970s. We didn't know he was a top luthier until he showed up one year with his first harp guitar. Since that time, he's built a few - always just for his own personal enjoyment. I bugged him from Day 1 to let me sell them on this site, but he was never in a rush. He did start to sell them privately.
This is one - his fourth harp guitar - that he finished in 2016 and brought to HGG14 in Connecticut and ultimately sold (at the urging of Stephen Bennett and myself) to attendee (Captain) Matt Farr. It was Matt's first (but not last!) harp guitar, and he continues to play beautifully at Gatherings and Facebook posts.
This one is now mostly sitting in its case, so we're offering it here. It has been well taken care of, with the usual light playing wear (including fingernail marks to the right of the soundhole, like most of us are familiar with). Only one manufacturing boo-boo you may or may not even notice (bottom left photo) - the slightest indentation from a temporary bridge installation. Other than that, Michael's fit and finish is excellent.
This one features his distinctive "blue koi" fish celluloid rosette. Other Schreiner trademarks: the sharp cutaway for access to all frets, the Sullivan-Elliott style combined headstocks, "S" inlay, subtle S-E style corner on the left bout, and modified S-E style pin bridge. The interior bracing pattern is a modified version of the original S-E design. The neck is adjustable via a truss rod accessed through the main sound hole.
The top is spruce, while
the back and sides are Asian mahogany. (Colors of Matt's photos are
as accurate as I could get them given our combined skills. The one at
right, top looks most accurate to me.)
It has a K & K Pure
Western Mini passive pickup installed, so is ready for live performance.
Matt bought both a custom foam-lined TSA-approved SKB hard shell flight case and a soft Colorado gig bag. Each is a good $350 value and he is offering either one (your choice) included free (with option to get both, if desired).
This is a fine "mid-tier" boutique harp guitar, rarely available, and in my opinion, a bit more distinctive and finer-sounding than the three factory-made harp guitar brands current (and justifiably) popular at the moment. It also has a wider nut width (like a Dyer) than most "beginner-friendly" instruments. Need I mention that it's very attractively priced?
All know me as bluntly honest - it matters little that Michael is a friend and a gentleman...I wouldn't be offering this if I wasn't a big fan.
– Gregg "Sir Gregory" Miner
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