Alkire E Harp
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.
- Ten strings
- White lacquer top
- Black back & sides
- 9.75" body width
- 1.75" body depth
- Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
- "Eddie Alkire E-Harp" logo plate on headstock
- String-through body design
- 22.5" scale
- Epiphone Master pickup
- 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls
- 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