After more than nine years of continuous development based on
intended) from many of the world's greatest harmonica players,
to announce the all-new, completely reimagined Harmonicaster electric
harmonica. A true electric instrument, with steel reeds and inductive
magnetic pickups, it has a vibrant and exciting native tone, you can
play as loudly as
you want without feedback, and it's compatible with any effects
device or pedal, greatly expanding your tonal palette. Most importantly, you can take the
harmonica to musical places where it hasn't been before. Imagine
being one of the first musicians to get to play one of Leo Fender's
electric guitars or one of Laurens Hammond's innovative new organs. I
can't imagine what you can do with the Harmonicaster any more than Leo
Fender could imagine Jimi Hendrix but I'm not imagining the fact that
you have to go back to the first bluesman who cupped his harp to a
cheesy PA mic and plugged in to find as groundbreaking technological
development for harmonica players as the Harmonicaster represents.
Working with Lace Music Products I've developed a purpose-built version of their revolutionary Alumitone pickup. At just 1/16" thick the Harmonicaster pickupt may be the thinnest pickup ever made, thin enough to slide into our harmonicas, out of your way, so you can play them just like any other harp with your favorite technique, pucker or tongue blocking, all bends and overblows included.
Our harmonica specific components are custom fabricated for The Electric Harmonica Company in Klingenthal, Germany, by Seydel, the oldest harmonica company in the world (established in 1847, ten years before Matthais Hohner set up shop in Trossingen), using the same durable and great sounding stainless steel reeds as they use in their Session Steel harmonicas, highly regarded by harp players around the world, along with Seydel reedplates and combs. While we think our harmonicas sound best as part of the Harmonicaster system, they're fully functional harmonicas that can be played with a cupped mic or acoustically. When playing conventionally, the open, parabolic coverplates project a rich tone.
The two pickups (one for each reedplate) are mounted in a compact, lightweight housing that contains volume, treble, and bass controls located at your fingertips, a premium multi-contact PureTone 1/4" output jack for connecting to an amplifier, and a switch to toggle between humbucker and single coil pickup tones.
The Harmonicaster is lightweight and compact. The
Harmonicaster system weighs just 204 grams with one of our
Compare that to 348 grams for a JT30 with a Marine Band and 424
grams for a Green Bullet with a Marine Band.
While size and weight are important, the most important thing about
the Harmonicaster is how great it sounds and what you can do with it.
You can hear some samples
Changing keys is simple and takes just seconds. Just remove the
harmonica from the housing and replace it with another. The pickups
slide into the harmonica and it snaps
securely into place, thanks to powerful, embedded rare earth neodymium
magnets, and you're ready to go. The basic package comes with one
Harmonicaster harmonica in the key of A (standard Richter tuning), but
we'll be offering
Harmonicaster harmonicas in keys
from Low F to High G. Special and custom tunings will also be available
on special order. Harmonicaster harmonica
coverplates and combs are color coded and labeled with key signatures
so you can
identify keys immediately, even on a poorly lit stage.They are sanded
and polished to a mirror smooth playing surface and then clear coated
with a food-safe and durable high-gloss 2K automotive clear coat.
Speaking of colors, the Harmonicaster control housing comes standard
in black with your choice
of a black, silver, or gold colored grille. Avaiable for a slight extra
charge are dozens of premium colors as well as our Custom Shop
Metallics. You can see the color choices
Price: $325 plus $15 for domestic
shipping and handling. International
shipping charges available upon
Premium Colors: $25
Custom Shop Metallic Colors: $35
Additional Harmonicaster Harmonicas
(Low F to High G): $85
The Harmonicaster is now available for order. Click here to send in an order form. Once I receive your order, I'll send you an invoice via PayPal. Your Harmonicaster will be made to order and once funds are sent assembly will begin. Funds will remain in my PayPal account until your order will be shipped and at that time I'll transfer funds to my bank.