We occasionally get involved with projects not related
to our primary guitar lineup.
This page highlights examples of special projects we've recently
Emmylou Harris' "Mini-Harp" Guitar
This past fall, singer Emmylou Harris ordered a special and
unique instrument with an extended, unfretted, low "A" string.
EmmyLou does a number of tunes in open A with the low A used as a pedal tone.
Tuning down a standard scale length that far creates a lot of buzz and
rattle and she didn't like the feel of a heavier gauge string.
What Maple Byrne
(EmmyLou's guitar tech of 25 years) and Julius
decided on was to extend the sixth string to a 27" scale length.
This worked out so well that Emmy has ordered a second Borges Mini-Harp
that'll be left in B-flat tuning.
Emmylou Harris' Mini-Harp Guitar -- Headstock and Nut detail
The dog legged pyramid bridge is a tip of the hat to the Martin Harp
guitars of the early 1900's. It also added about 1/8" to the string length.