Alkire E Harp

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Epiphone Alkire Eharp
Epiphone Alkire Eharp with Case and Sheet Music
Epiphone Alkire Eharp
Epiphone Alkire Eharp
Epiphone Alkire Eharp
Epiphone Alkire Eharp Headstock

The Eddie Alkire Eharp was the most harmonically advanced single-neck steel lap guitar available when it was designed around 1940. Alkire was a well-known Hawaiian guitarist and early pioneer of the ten-string steel who operated a successful teaching studio. These instruments were primarily sold to his advanced students. Although made by Epiphone, they carry only the "Alkire Eharp" nameplate.

Elbern H "Eddie" Alkire was born in West Virginia, and operated his music publishing company in Easton, PA. Known as a virtuoso steel guitarist, he invented the E-Harp (a 10-string steel guitar). But he collaborated with Chas E. King and Lani McIntire who were both impressed with his invention.

Alkire was a major network radio performer throughout the 1930s, and became renowned as a teacher. He composed over 150 songs and instrumentals for steel guitar.

Specifications:

  • Ten strings

Body:

  • White lacquer top
  • Black back & sides
  • 9.75" body width
  • 1.75" body depth

Neck:

  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • "Eddie Alkire E-Harp" logo plate on headstock
  • String-through body design
  • 22.5" scale

Electronics:

  • Epiphone Master pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Nickel plated tuners with plastic buttons
  • Epsilon "E" logo on back of tuners
  • Aluminum bridge & nut
  • Felt covered access plate on back
  • Celluloid pickguard
  • Brown fabric covered original hard shell case



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