Over the past 12 years Tonedevil Guitars has helped set a new affordable standard for the design, tone and play-ability of the modern acoustic harp guitar. Founded by brothers Anthony and David Powell, they keep their focus on traditional guitar making and modern innovations in the manufacturing industry and are creating a new culture from some of America’s forgotten artistic and musical history. Whether its a guitar, mandolin, or the harp guitar, their attention to detail and practicality is paramount, ensuring a quality and affordable piece of American history.
With a degree in commercial photography and an affinity for tools and woodworking Anthony Powell began stringed instrument construction and repair in 1999, eventually working for a well known violin maker and repairman from Spokane Washington. He set up his own shop in a 2 car garage in North Idaho near his home town of Sandpoint where he constructed over 30 custom stringed instruments. Spurred by interest in early American makers such as Orville Gibson, the Larson Brothers and Chris Knutsen, he began building his own modernized designs based on their well known classics. Taking a special interest in the harp guitar he was adopted into the international Harp Guitar community and continued refining his designs and methods for this specialized instrument.
David Powell, a trained computer technician and software tester, was employed at the Adobe software company in Seattle Washington, custom computer manufacturing and the private sector. He studied classical and steel string guitar, and has had a long time involvement with the international Harp Guitar society. He is featured on their 2011 compilation CD series of Harp Guitar compositions; “Further Beyond Six Strings“. Using his skills in 3D design and CAD programs he has been able to refine their design of the modern Harp Guitar to exact specifications and consistency with laser engraving and CNC technology.
Together Anthony and David spent time in Nashville Tn. with legendary guitarists and Harp Guitarists such as Muriel Anderson, Stephen Bennet and Andy McKee. They extensively toured the shops of Gibson and Gruhn’s Guitars. They also attended the NAMM conferences there and in Anaheim California where they aided and consulted with a new import manufactured harp guitar company. They have also consulted with and toured the custom shops of Fred Carlson (Santa Cruz, Ca) and Mike Doolin (Portland, Or).
They have recently opened up a 3200 sq. ft. shop in their home town of Sandpoint, Idaho and are specializing in the construction of the American Symphony Harp Guitar with special interest in modern modifications for the consumer market. They have many happy customers across the world.