Cigar box build of the Stoessel Lute

This cigar box build was inspired by George Stoessel. In 1914 Stoessel invented a hybrid zither-like instrument called the Stoessel Lute. It is fingered by putting one's hand over the end of the neck rather than around it.

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The cigar box version of the Stoessel Lute has the bass strings positioned above the fretted strings in the style of the Harp guitar. The fretted strings are tuned like a Stoessel Lute G, Bb, D, F, A, C and E. The five bass strings are tuned as needed. A piezo pickup is installed for amplification.

Stoessel Lute
Stoessel Lute
Cigar Box Stoessel Lute Front
Cigar Box Stoessel Lute Back
Material Red Oak
Dimensions 31 inches x 8 inches
Body Tabak Especial cigar box
String Count 12
Scale Length Treble strings 14 inches (at 0 fret)
Scale Length Bass strings 19 inches
Pickups Piezo disk
Weight 4.1 lbs.

Harp Kit

The Harp Guitar Kit is a set of attachments that retrofit on an acoustic guitar. The attachments do not require any modifications to the guitar. They consist of a headstock bracket secured by the tuning machines, an array of tuning machines attached to the body with the strap button screw and a floating bridge(s).

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Head stock bracket

Head stock bracket

Tuning machine array

Tuning machine array

5 Sub & 7 Harp Strings
5 Sub & 4 Bridged Harp Strings
12 Harp Strings


The Solene's tubular body with slanted, meandering frets positioned on the outer surface provides a new playing area for the two-handed tapping technique. Since it can be tuned like a seven stringed guitar, guitarists can visualize intervals in a familiar way.

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Material Aluminum tube
Dimensions 3 feet long, 3 inch diameter and 0.060 wall
Finish Anodized Black, Blue, Red or Green
String Count 7
Scale Length 25.5 inches (at 0 fret)
Fret Wire 18 guage stainless steel
Fret Angle 45 degrees
String Spacing 9/32 inch
Pickups 2 rail pickups (bridge, parallel in phase and neck)
Weight 3.6 lbs.

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