Tonedevil S-12 harp guitar
Brand new, cherry picked 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 Knutsen’s 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. They’ve recently started to add top and back solid wood binding, which this one has.  It’s nicely balanced and powerful acoustically, 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!  As you may have heard, I insist on stocking the best-sounding (and looking) instruments the brothers can supply.  This one's just about like the last with a couple extra "bear claw" figures on the top (they source their tops from Collings' supplier).  

It also comes with a prototype (at a deal) of their new form fit wooden case - a roughly made, but very cool accessory! 

Here’s the harp guitar master Dave Powell himself putting one of these instruments through its paces:

St. Anne's Reel 

Some recent testimonials I’ve received:

"The Tonedevil was exactly what I was looking for; a well made, quality instrument that sounds  and plays fantastic at a price point affordable.  I sincerely appreciate the knowledge and recommendations you shared with me making this purchase a most enjoyable experience.  I am hooked on this instrument!  Thank you Gregg!!" - Larry Elfenbein, February, 2016

"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


  • Top: Inland Northwest Englemann Spruce

  • Bracing: Englemann Spruce 

  • Back/Sides: Solid Ribbon-cut African Mahogany

  • Neck: Plain-sawn African Mahogany

  • Fretboard: Indian Rosewood

  • Bridge: Indian Rosewood

  • Binding: Black Walnut

  • Ebony bridge pins

  • Dot side markers

  • Gotoh 16:1 Tuners

  • Bone Saddles and Nut

  • Satin lacquer open grain finish

  • Passive 3-Contact Pickup System

  • Scale: 25-1/2"

  • Nut width: 1-7/8"

  • Sub-bass scale: 27-33"

  • Lower Bout: 15-1/2"

  • Baltic Birch Hard Case

    • 1/8" 3 ply construction with double laminate reinforced edges

    • Soft Foam and velvet interior lining

    • chrome hinges

    • vintage draw bolts

    • Dimension: 43.5" x 18”

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Price: $2600 SOLD

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