A Knutsen Bass Guitar?
by Gregg Miner, as part of The Knutsen Archives
|This is either a bizarre novelty - or the find
of the decade!
Knutsen historian Ben Elder wasn't sure if he had remembered it or
only dreamt it - a Knutsen-esque guitar in the Wheeler &
Woolsey comedy Cockeyed Cavaliers, from 1934.
It sure looks like a real instrument. It has tuners, six
strings, a horizontal back brace, and dot fret markers in the proper
After some calculations, it would seem to be about five feet long, perhaps a bit less. That would put the scale length around 42-43", like my Gibson mandobass above. The lower bout would be around 25" wide, and the body appeared to be about 5-6" deep. The main problem is the neck, which is abnormally wide. Even the huge six-string Prairie State bass guitar above does not have a neck anywhere near as wide.
So - cast your votes. Do I add it to the Inventory, or laugh it off?
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