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Karol Belair Multiscale Harp Guitar Natural, 2022

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Here’s an unusual, beautiful and spectacular piece – a Tony Karol Belair Multiscale Harp Guitar, combining Haida Gwaii Spruce and Figured African Sapele.

Tony Karol builds high quality custom guitars in a small shop in Mississauga, Ontario, just west of Toronto. The Karol Belair Multiscale is one of his “standard” models, offered on his website. The precise material choices vary from one instrument to another, because of the large

Harp guitars date to the early years of the 18th century and the first true harp guitar appeared in Paris in 1773, built by Naderman. He called this instrument a ‘Bisex’, meaning double six – six harp strings and six regular strings. Over time that term has taken on a rather different meaning.

This Karol Belair features a Sitka Spruce top, from Haida Gwaii, home of the Haida Nation for the last many thousands of years. The sides and back are figured African Sapele. The body blocks and neck are South American Mahogany, while the fingerboard is Ebony. The bridge is African Blackwood. The head plates, Laskin-style arm rest and binding are also African Blackwood. The inlays are Abalone. Tuners are Gotoh 510 models, very smooth with a high ratio. The saddles and nut are bone. The fretted fingerboard uses a multi-scale, fan-fret layout ranging from 25 inches to 25.5 inches (635mm to 647.7mm).

To aid the player’s perception of the sound of the instrument, there is a sound port on the bass side just down from the harp section sound hole.
The harp strings are tuned, low to high, GABCDG. String gauges for this section are, again low to high, .070, .066, .062, .060,.054, .042.
This Karol Belair is a spectacular piece with an enormous range. It’s very well built with a high degree of attention to detail, and the materials are all top notch.
This instrument comes with two cases, a gig bag for easier transport and an Anvil flight case.


 

Price: $8,500.00 CAD
  • Model: Belair Multiscale
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Gloss Natural
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: 107, built during 2022 in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 28/12/2022

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.052lbs 3.55kg
  • Scale Length: 25.5in 647.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.744in 45.06mm
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