Joe Bonamassa Plays 1919 Gibson Style U Harp Guitar

March 10th, 2015

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By Damian Fanelli

Followers of Joe Bonamassa’s Facebook page know the gear-loving guitarist likes to shoot quick, spur-of-the-moment videos backstage at his shows.

These videos usually show him playing rare, oddball or just plain insane stringed instruments. As evidenced below!

In one of his latest (although not the latest) backstage videos, Bonamassa is playing a 1919 Gibson Style U harp guitar.

“Some backstage fun with a 1919 Gibson Style U harp guitar,” Bonamassa wrote on his harp-guitar Facebook post from March 3. “Please keep in mind it was recorded on an iPad and not in Abbey Road Studios. Enjoy!”

Harp guitars like this one (we’re not sure if it belongs to Bonamassa, who has a lot of rare guitars—and a lot of rare-guitar-owning buddies, it seems) are early relatives modern doubleneck guitars, offering two stringed instruments in one, even though it’s played as a single instrument. The top neck sports 10 sub-bass strings (earlier versions had 12 sub-bass strings).

For more information on these guitars, visit americanhistory.si.edu and harpguitars.net (You might as well try here too.)

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