Top: Sitka Spruce
Back/Sides/Neck: African Mahogany
Bracing: Norwegian Spruce “Freedom Tree”
Head Veneers: Purple Heart, Padouk, Maple
The Freedom Harp made its television debut last Veterans day, Nov. 11th 2014, at the dedication of the new Freedom tree in McEuen park, Coeur d’Alene ID. KREM 2 News covered the event, and featured Dave playing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” on the Freedom Harp, watch it here:
The original tree was taken down a couple of years ago to make way for the new park. The old tree was dedicated in the 70s to local Vietnam War veteran, Fred McMurray. Now, the new tree stands in Veterans Plaza in the new McEuen Park.
Tonedevil Guitars received some of the original Norwegian spruce in 2011 to build an instrument with. Using it as the bracing inside the harp guitar was the best way to integrate the low elevation grown soft wood into the voice of the instrument. A rasterized image of the original tree was then laser engraved into the top of the instrument. Roots were added to the rendered image which represent the “Roots of Freedom.” There are stars inlayed into the fingerboard as position markers, as well as a flag motif design on the heads of the instrument.