7 String Resonator Harp Guitar
This 7 string resonator harp guitar features an adjustable harp string which can be adjusted from bass to baritone to standard scale lengths. The scale length can be changed easily and quickly because the 7th string floats and does not interfere with the frets causing intonation problems. This unique set up of the 7 th string can be used for slide, extension of open tunings, or as a drone string. This unique 7 string harp resonator has a 7th drone string mounted on a separate nut, and makes this guitar a genuine Harp Guitar. The 7 string resonator harp guitar was first demonstrated in Melbourne Australia in 2005.
The ellis 7 string resonator harp guitar is now the property of Jeff Martin. Andrew Ellis, head luthier at Ellis guitars, worked with Jeff Martin of the Tea Party while Jeff was living in Perth. The 7th string on this guitar has evolved from looking into and researching harp guitars. The idea for the 7 string resonator harp guitar was influenced by Jeff Martin’s own vintage Gibson harp guitar. The research done to develop the 7 string resonator harp guitar was used by Andrew Ellis of ellis guitars when collaborating with James Michael Thompson to design the 8 string tri cone resonator guitar.
Jeff Martin played this guitar on his album Exile and the Kingdom (2006). He played it on the songs “Black Snake Blues”, “Lament” and “Good Times”. Jeff Martin also played the ellis 7 string resonator harp guitar as recorded on Live at the Enmore Theatre (DVD) in Sydney, Australia on the 7th September, 2006 during his Australian Tour.