Lap Harp Instruments

lap harps

An assortment of lap harps

TK O'Brien's lap harps are an acoustic, handcrafted folk instrument which can be enjoyed by young students and senior citizens as well as everyone in between. Also known as a plucked psaltery or zither, this trapezoidal shaped musical instrument provides its player with immediate rewards by producing a heavenly sound. Music cards that slip under the strings are what make playing the lap harp so easy. Simply follow the upward and downward lines and pluck the strings where you see the notes below.  All models have a range of 2 full octaves in the key of G.

This wonderful little instrument is built to a standard of quality like our other stringed instruments. Hard maple pin blocks and high quality (made in US) zither pins keep this lap harp from falling out of tune which is a major complaint of imported versions. We have a variety of woods and models to suit different tastes and budgets.

For additional information about playing the lap harp, visit our Lap Harp FAQ page where you can also see the lap harp being played.

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Standard Lap Harp - Birch
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Standard Lap Harp

The standard lap harp comes in a variety of woods. Offered in Oak (light to medium golden wood), Walnut (dark brown wood) with or without Celtic Knot sound hole, and Birch (light blond to honey colored wood) with or without Celtic Knot sound hole. There is not a noticeable difference in tone among t...See more

Birch (LHB)
$55.00 $46.75

Oak (LHO)

Walnut (LHW)

Walnut with Celtic Knot (LHWR)


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Deluxe Lap Harp

A distinctive figure that is set into a recess made in the lap harp sets the deluxe apart from the standard and custom models. The figures were originally designed from carvings by Pat Schwarz (Gracie) of Hendersonville, NC.  Now they are molded and hand stained.

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The figures include a Mountain Man, Wood Spirit,  Eagle Spirit, and  Wolf Spirit. The only wood option is Baltic Birch. The sound on this model is slightly less resonan...See more

Deluxe Lap Harp
Mountain Man (LHOM)
Eagle Spirit (LHES)
Wolf Spirit (LHWF)
Wolf Spirit (LHWS)


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Custom Lap Harp

The Custom Lap Harp, like the Standard and Deluxe models, also has 2 octaves in the key of G. In addition, this model has one more string below the bottom G. This F# is not usually needed when playing only the melody but does get used for adding harmony at times. The starter set of music is written in the same ‘connect the dots’ style for the ultimate in easy playing for everyone regardless of music background. But, in addition, an easy to follow system of adding harmony notes is incorporated into the music. The melody notes are written in black; the harmony notes are in a ...See more

Custom Lap Harp Birch (LHC)

Custom Lap Harp Walnut (LHWC)

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