(Photo: Jessie Pearl)
"Hey, you got harp in my guitar!" "Well, you got guitar in my harp!" I can't top that joke, so I'm just swiping it from Weird Universe, which directed my attention to this weird but beautiful musical instrument: the harp guitar.
Instrument makers developed it from the classical European lute. By the 1790s, the basic form that you see pictured here was present. Though never popular, they survived until the present day.
In the video below, you can see a performance of dozens of harp guitarists. This was the finale for Fifth Annual Harp Guitar Gathering on Oct. 27, 2007. Stephen Bennett, the founder of that annual event, introduces their performance of "The Water Is Wide," an old English folk song.