Which Harpejji Is Right For Me?

Posted on December 14 2023

The Models

Are you interested in buying a harpejji but you're not sure which model is for you? This article will explore the differences between all three harpejji models to help you make a decision.


Harpejji K24

Oh yeah.

Introduced in 2010, the harpejji k24 is the ultimate harpejji. Featuring 24 strings (Including 8 bass strings and 16 treble) the k24 is a music-making beast. From funky basslines to classical melodies the k24 can do it all.

 

This model has 24 strings and 15 frets which allows for a 5-octave note range (like a 5-string bass + guitar). The k24 reaches from A0 (the lowest note on a piano) to A5. The k24 has a master volume control and a tone control for the 16 treble strings. A 1/4 inch Y cable (Included) and the 9v DC power adapter are required for a k24. Since the k24 is dual output (one output for the 8 bass strings and one for the 16 treble) you'll need one of three things.

1. An amp with two inputs

2. A summing box

3. Two separate amps

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Harpejji G16

Top-seller.

The harpejji g16 was introduced in 2011 as a smaller option to the k24 and is now the "middle child". The g16 has been the top seller ever since its release because of its size and note range. The g16 offers more playing space than a u12 and is more affordable than a harpejji k24.

 

This harpejji has 16 strings and 19 frets allowing for a 4-octave note range from C2 to C6 (Note: C2 is two whole tones below low E on a 6-string guitar). This model requires a 1/4 inch instrument cable and the 9v DC power adapter provided with the instrument. All harpejji models have a master volume control and tone control.

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Harpejji U12

The Minimalist.

The harpejji u12 was introduced to the harpejji lineup in 2015 as the smallest and most affordable instrument. Its small dimensions and light weight make it a perfect instrument for the traveling musician or minimalist. Its unique look comes from its removable markerboard and Pepperoni-Tone® frets.

 

The u12 has 12 strings and 15 frets which allow for a 3-octave range from C2 to C5. This model requires a 1/4 inch instrument cable and the 9v DC power adapter provided with the instrument. All harpejji models have a master volume control and tone control.

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Model Comparison

Feature harpejji® u12 harpejji® g16 harpejji® k24

Year Introduced

2015

2011

2010

Number of Octaves

3 octaves

(like a ukulele bass)

4 octaves

(like a 6-string guitar)

5 octaves

(like a 5-string bass + guitar)

Note Range

C2 to C5

(= lowest 3 octaves of g16)

C2 to C6
(Note: C2 is two whole tones below low E on a 6-string guitar)

A0 to A5
(Note: A0 is the lowest note on a piano)

Number of Strings

12 strings

16 strings

24 strings

Number of Frets

15 frets

19 frets

15 frets

Fret Type

NEW! Pepperoni-Tone® frets: Solid 3/16" rods for beefier tone, longer sustain, easier bends, and smoother slides

Traditional guitar fretwire, wide

Traditional guitar fretwire, wide

Fret Material

Specially-Designed Metal Alloy
Maintains excellent electrical conductivity for extremely long periods of time with little or no cleaning

18% Nickel-Silver
Recommend cleaning frets once per week to ensure good electrical conductivity for electronic muting

18% Nickel-Silver
Recommend cleaning frets once per week to ensure good electrical conductivity for electronic muting

Note Marker Shapes

All circular design
Hollow C markers
Saturn-style G markers

Classic rhombus shapes
Hollow C markers

Classic rhombus shapes
Hollow C markers

Marker Board

Removable and Replaceable

Permanent

Permanent

Audio Outputs

1 Output

1 Output

2 Outputs

(8 bass strings, 16 treble strings)

Audio Output Jack

(1) Female 1/4" Mono Jack

(1) Female 1/4" Mono Jack

(1) Female 1/4" TRS Jack
Tip = Treble Strings
Ring = Bass Strings
Sleeve = Ground

Control Knobs

Left Knob: Master Volume
Right Knob: Master Tone

Left Knob: Master Volume
Right Knob: Master Tone

Left Knob: Master Volume,
Right Knob: Tone for Treble Strings

Electronic String Muting

YES
Proprietary StrumClean®, independent electronic string muting on each string

YES
Proprietary StrumClean®, independent electronic string muting on each string

YES
Proprietary StrumClean®, independent electronic string muting on each string

String Terminals

Quick-screw clamps, no winding necessary, no slipping or detuning

Quick-screw clamps, no winding necessary, no slipping or detuning

Quick-screw clamps, no winding necessary, no slipping or detuning

String Tuners

Easy front access with small hex-drive screwheads to prevent accidentally bumping out-of-tune

Easy front access with small hex-drive screwheads to prevent accidentally bumping out-of-tune

Easy front access with small hex-drive screwheads to prevent accidentally bumping out-of-tune

Action

Fully adjustable at both ends of string

Fully adjustable at both ends of string

Fully adjustable at both ends of string

Intonation

Fully adjustable intonation screws with anti-vibration dampers for safe transport

Fully adjustable intonation screws with anti-vibration dampers for safe transport

Fully adjustable intonation screws with anti-vibration dampers for safe transport

Overall Body Dims (inches)

28.960" x 8.440" x 2"

32.171" x 10.250" x 2"

38.520" x 13.500" x 2"

Instrument Weight (w/o case)

10.5 lbs (birch)
10.6 lbs (maple)
11.0 lbs (bamboo)

11.5 lbs (birch)
12.8 lbs (maple)
13.1 lbs (bamboo)

19.5 lbs (birch)
22.0 lbs (maple)
24.3 lbs (bamboo)

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