0gmoon 9 years ago The design of an electric harp depends on your requirements. Different types of electric harps sound different. Some are acoustic models with a fitted sensor or two (piezo or microphone)--they work both with and without an amplifier. A harp specifically designed to be electric usually has a piezo pickup for each individual string. Here's an example (a set costs over $500 USD). I have an electric guitar with individual piezo bridge pickups (one per string)--it sounds very different than either a regular electric, or a miked acoustic guitar. Or for that matter a single piezo set in an acoustic bridge. There isn't an "easy out"--an acoustic harp is easier to retrofit with a sensor or two, but is heavier and more complex to build than a pure "solid body" electric...which would be expensive to fit with pickups.