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Oscar Schmidt OS45C AutoHarp - Appalachian - Free Gig Bag and Chromatic Tuner

Normal Price $584.58    Sale Price $369.99
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Autoharp OS45C Summary

This 21-chord Appalachian Autoharp plays in eleven different keys. The traditional button configuration makes it easy to learn and to continue to play for years to come. Suggested as the ideal bluegrass autoharp.

Whether you are an Autoharp player, a student of American folklore, or even a collector of antique musical instruments, you should find the history as well as the instrument itself unique. 

“The Oscar Schmidt OS45C and OS45CE 21 chord autoharp is a great mid-level autoharp that combines the cost saving maple construction and beautiful tones and sounds from spruce wood. The Oscar Schmidt OS45C and OS45CE have a unique soundhole opening, unlike any other Oscar Schmidt autoharps. The Oscar Schmidt OS45CE is the acoustic and electric version of the OS45C.

The body of this autoharp is made from maple and spruce woods with a glossy finish. The face of the autoharp is made from select spruce, which is a laminated sheet of spruce wood. The backside of the Oscar Schmidt OS45C and OS45CE features a beautiful sunburst design. The Oscar Schmidt autoharps feature a rock maple frame that goes around the entire instrument. The tuning pegs are contained in a 10 ply rock maple block that will help keep the pegs in place. The sound cavity on the Oscar Schmidt line of autoharp is large and will produce some great sounds.

As I said Oscar Schmidt OS45CE is the acoustic and electric version of the OS45C. The OS45CE features a passive pickup. The great aspect of passive pickups is there is no need for a power source and passive pickups will give you a more organic sound. Previous electric Oscar Schmidt autoharps featured active pickups and required a built-in battery tray. Also, Oscar Schmidt removed the built-in equalized in their electric autoharps. They did this so you can choose the equalizer of your choice.

Also, Oscar Schmidt made a few more improvements to their line of autoharps. There have been thicker felt added to the bottom of the chord bars. This allows the buttons to not become flush against the chord bar cover. Also, Oscar Schmidt has added felt to the underside of the chord bar cover to help remove any noise the chord bars may make when they hit the cover.

Currently, the is running a few promotions. We will ship your autoharp for a flat rate of $20 to anywhere within the continental US. Also, we are including a FREE gig bag with every purchase of an Oscar Schmidt autoharp. If you do not want the gig back, you can get $30 off the purchase of a Tuff Skin Padded Bag or Grey Ultra Plus Padded Bag. We are also including a free digital tuner with every purchase of an autoharp. You can also upgrade to the 3 in 1 chromatic tuner with a built-in metronome and tone generator. has everything you need to play your autoharp. We carry a wide range of books that can help you learn to play your instrument. We also stock all the strings and picks that you will need to play your autoharp. is the premier online retailer of autoharps and autoharp accessories. We have technical support Monday through Friday from 9 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, eastern time. You can reach us by phone, live chat, or by email. We look forward to hearing from you.”

OS45C The Appalachian
Unique Design
This is the only Oscar Schmidt autoharp featuring a beautiful flower-shaped soundhole, creating an elegant look to a classic. Additionally, the soundhole design is made only for looks and it won't affect the sound of the music.

Gloss Finish
The gloss finish not only provides an added layer of protection, but it also affects the vibrations, creating a slightly lower sound.

High Quality Material
From the spruce top to the maple back, you can be assured that this autoharp will last. It is built for added strength. The select spruce, which is a laminated sheet of spruce wood, resists splitting and cracking. The lengthwise grains are straight, close and dense which provide excellent support. 

OS45C The Appalachian

OS45C Autoharp Back
Dual Tone Design
The back of the body is made with select maple wood, designed for strength and optimal support. The backside also features a beautiful sunburst design.

Incredible Strength
The pin blocks in many of the finest autoharps consist of hard rock maple for extra strength. The pin blocks are laminated 10 ply rock maple pin blocks meaning they are specially coated for extra strength. The purpose of the pin block is to firmly hold the tuning pins in place where the strings are attached. The added strength of the laminated rock maple ensures that everything will stay in the right place.

Multiple layers of maple laminations are cross-banded using a special high frequency, waterproof gluing process. Reversing the grain direction on each layer of lamination yields incredible strength and the high-frequency waterproof glue seals the laminations protecting the pin block from changes in the relative humidity.

The Autoharp, like the piano, is a tempered scale, so the same strings are used in several chords, even when perfectly in tune in one chord may sound slightly sharp or flat in another. Over time as strings loosen, use fine tuning to tighten so it can reach its limits. The first twang of a string is higher and the tone settles in after a second. Turn the tuner to 442 and attach the clip to the middle peg.
Pin Block

Oscar Schmidt Original
What's in a name? Quality, history, and tradition. Our Autoharp is the original, with over 100 years of history behind it. A wide variety to choose from. Oscar Schmidt is truly the original and only complete source for the Autoharp. Premium woods, quality hardware, and modest prices create an ideal instrument. Each is inspected and adjusted in the USA by a skilled technician, your assurance for smooth fret ends, precision low action and resonant sound quality. Unequaled standards, easy playing comfort, and tone response create the perfect value.

Product Specs

Model # OS45C - The Appalachian
Chords 21 Chord
Front Finish Spruce Top
Back Finish Maple Body
Additional Features Gloss Finish
Warranty 5 Years

Our products are brand new and are still in the original package. They are stored in our temperature controlled warehouse to prevent any damage or warping. Our first-in first-out inventory system assures that you will receive the newest Autoharp available. We specialize in Oscar Schmidt Autoharps and accessories, so our time and energy are devoted to Autoharps. This allows us to provide our customers with the highest quality service and the best products available.

We are an authorized Oscar Schmidt dealer, so you know that we offer the best products on the market. The AutoHarp Store makes it fast and easy for you to find what you are looking for. With our easy ordering system and same day shipping*, it is easy to order and arrives quickly to your door. In order to cut costs to offer our customers the lowest prices, we do everything online. Although most people would prefer to try out a product before they purchase it, by not having a showroom or storefront, we can offer the lowest prices in the market.

Accessories Included

Tuning Wrench and Picks
Tuning Wrench
Assortment of Picks
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Bonus Promotion: Purchase an Autoharp by Oscar Schmidt from and you'll have the choice of a FREE Padded Gig Bag or take $30 off your purchase when you add on either Tuff Skin Padded bag or Grey Ultra Plus Padded Bag.

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“An American instrument of American invention.”
The Autoharp is one of the few musical instruments that can claim to be truly American in origin.

Invented in 1881 and patented in 1882, the Autoharp has had a remarkable hundred-year history. After being proclaimed “the nation’s favorite musical instrument” and then nearly fading into obscurity, the Autoharp has taken its manufacturers on an endless roller coaster of ups and downs. As a nineteenth-century parlor room favorite, it was finally replaced in popularity by the phonograph. The Autoharp did not die. It retreated to the mountains where it underwent a metamorphosis from a parlor instrument to a folk instrument. From there it came out into our schools to become a classroom feature and finally has emerged as a popular instrument for the serious musician.