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© Copyright 2003-2017 Stephen Sedgwick
In 2004 Brad Hoyt commissioned me to make a harp version of a Viola Caipira. The Viola Caipira is a small Brazilian folk guitar. The string length is 580mm  and it has 5 courses of paired strings. The lower three courses have the paired string an octave higher, like that of a regular 12-string guitar. You use your  fingers to play the instrument and not with a pick/plectrum as you might presume with having paired strings. There are apparently a number of different  tunings but the most common is... B,E, g#, b, e. An open E Major chord.
I was put in touch with one of Brazil's professional luthiers, Marcos Hootz. He makes many fine Viola Caipire instruments each year with Aldo Murara Filho.  Brad wanted a combination of designs, traditional viola caipira, with elements of my personal design taste as well as aspects of the Larson harp mandolins  and Knutsen's harp guitars and mandolins. 
The instrument was finished in 2008. In the construction it was important to maintain the traditional sound of the instrument, yet adding more to it. Normally  Brazilian rosewood would be used for the fingerboard but we opted for ebony because it feels smoother to play. Brad also requested a port hole and the lid to  it is held in place by magnets. The treble strings are clamped in place and tuned by a special custom made Treble Tuning Unit. Special thanks to Chad Magill  for the gold plating. 
Arpa Viola Caipira
Arpa Viola Caipira II 
This is the second Arpa Viola Caipira I've made for Brad Hoyt. The  instrument was finished in 2012 and was hand delivered at the 10th  Harp Guitar Gathering in Texas. The original instrument has  dropped a tone in tuning (D) and this one is in E. The reason for  having a second instrument was so that Brad didn't have to spend  so much time changing the tunings. A special thanks goes out to  his father Jim Hoyt who made the hardware for the super treble  section. Main differences...  Back and Sides: Wenge  Rosette and Inlays: Spalted Maple  Bindings: Koa  Hardware: Chrome 
Brad Hoyt performing at the 10th Harp Guitar Gathering in Texas, with the new AVC. 
Special thanks to Brazilian guitarist  Leandro Cristiano de Almeide. Here  is a photo of Leandro looking at the  AVC when he visited my workshop.  
Arpa Viola Caipira: Part 1 by Brad Hoyt  Arpa Viola Caipira: Part 2 by Brad Hoyt  The Brazilian home page of the Viola Caipira 
AVC tuning Sub Basses D#,, E,, F#,, G#,, A,, Guitar   B,, E, G#, B, e, Super Trebles  b, c#' d#' e f# 
Soundboard: Sitka spruce Back & Sides: Brazilian rosewood  Neck: Brazilian Mahogany  Fingerboard: Ebony  Finish: French polish  B Tuners: Gold Steinburger  G Tuners: Gold Gotoh 710  T Tuners: Custom TTU  Nut width: 48mm (17/8")  Scale length: 580mm (2213/16") Body width: 380mm (15")  Body depth: 100mm (315/16") 
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We're always searching for new and unique stringed instruments to explore. We've deep-sampled an exquisite custom-built 30-string acoustic Harp Guitar commissioned by guitarist Brad Hoyt. This unique instrument, titled the "Arpa Viola Caipira", is the result of a four year design and construction process with master luthier Stephen Sedgwick from the U.K, based on Brad's concept drawings.  Captured in our studio up close and dry, with a wide stereo pair of large diaphragm studio Neumanns, this library captures every nuance of the instrument with a full set of articulations and effects to provide you complete playability. Check out this promo video to hear the library in action. Our exclusive library gives you deep round robin, true legato, auto-strumming, arpeggiation, custom string  tuning and tons of features. It includes over 10 GB of content and more than 4000 samples, a powerful  custom GUI for customized work flow and instant gratification.
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© Copyright 2003-2017 Stephen Sedgwick
In 2004 Brad Hoyt commissioned me to make a harp version of a Viola  Caipira. The Viola Caipira is a small Brazilian folk guitar. The string length is 580mm and it has 5 courses of paired strings. The lower three courses  have the paired string an octave higher, like that of a regular 12-string  guitar. You use your fingers to play the instrument and not with a  pick/plectrum as you might presume with having paired strings. There are  apparently a number of different tunings but the most common is... B,E,  g#, b, e. An open E Major chord.
Arpa Viola Caipira
Arpa Viola Caipira II 
This is the second Arpa Viola Caipira I've made for Brad Hoyt. The  instrument was finished in 2012 and was hand delivered at the 10th  Harp Guitar Gathering in Texas. The original instrument has dropped a  tone in tuning (D) and this one is in E. The reason for having a second  instrument was so that Brad didn't have to spend so much time changing  the tunings. A special thanks goes out to his father Jim Hoyt who made  the hardware for the super treble section.
Brad Hoyt performing at the 10th Harp Guitar Gathering in Texas, with  the new AVC.
AVC tuning Sub Basses  D#,, E,, F#,, G#,, A,, Guitar B,, E, G#, B, e,  Super Trebles b, c#' d#' e f#
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We're always searching for new and unique  stringed instruments to explore. We've deep-  sampled an exquisite custom-built 30-string  acoustic Harp Guitar commissioned by guitarist  Brad Hoyt. This unique instrument, titled the "Arpa  Viola Caipira", is the result of a four year design  and construction process with master luthier  Stephen Sedgwick from the U.K, based on Brad's  concept drawings.