Kithara Harland review

Here’s something a little different in looks, style and sound to further showcase the talents of the small ’shop guitar maker

Kithara Harland
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

This strikingly original retro mash-up by new Northern Ireland-based maker Chris Moffitt comes with plenty of options, but however you configure it, this is a bold new design that will reward the sonically adventurous.


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    Nicely competent build.

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    Excellent component and pickup choice.

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    Characterful, evocative sounds.


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    Aside from a few minor issues there’s very little not to like here.

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While the mainstream über-brands continue to fill our musical instrument outlets with new versions of the same, many of us have to search a little further for something we find inspiring. 

Increasingly, it seems it’s the small ’shop makers that offer a very much new style, even though it can quite often look like something you can’t remember from yesteryear. We have to thank Ariel Posen for the birth of this Kithara Harland. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.