Knutsen Harp Hawaiian Convertible Guitar    

Only the body remains of this instrument. Someone not only removed the neck, but chopped off the bass arm. They also added, then removed, a pickguard. Kerry Char traded it to Dan Most, who started to fully restore it - creating a new neck and arm. Kerry now hopes to complete the project someday. The Knutsen-handwritten label is pictured in the Noe/Most book, p.101.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HCP5

                 Category

Convertible Guitars

                 Body Style

"'Upper Treble Point' Harp Hawaiian"

                 Current or last known owner

Dan Most Estate/Kerry Char

                 Year (approx)

1920-1927 or 1928. Possibly earlier (back to 1914?)

                 Label

"C. Knutsen, 1542 Temple, Los Angeles, Calif", handwritten by Knutsen

                 Label Code LA6

                 Courses / Strings

14 course: 6 strings on neck, 3 bass, 5 treble

                 Frets

neck missing

                 Scale length n/a
                 Neck Joint convertible brackets

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

African mahogany

Neck

n/a

Fingerboard

n/a

Bridge

?

Headstock veneer

n/a

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

n/a

Headstock(s)

n/a

Soundhole

rope

                 Inlay

n/a

                 Pickguard

added later and removed

Dimensions Upper Bout  
Lower Bout  
Body at endpin  

                 Comments

 

 

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