Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This instrument is pictured on the ca. 1898-1900 flyer discovered tucked in the strings of the guitar owned by Knutsen relative Bob Cammon.
The headstock and all trim look identical to HGP1, Dan Most's "prototype" guitar (note the same stripes on fingerboard and bridge). However, this is a second instrument, as dot markers are different. I am unable to resolve whether the end of the fingerboard is straight or has that double scallop. Even without that, it can be distinguished from the nearly identical HGP19 by a dot marker on the 9th (rather than 10th) fret, and apparently two dot inlays on the headstock.

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(image copyright Jean Findlay)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGP10

                 Category

Port Townsend Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"1896 patent"

                 Current or last known owner

Knutsen

                 Year (approx)

1895-1896

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

straight

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

unknown

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

inlaid wood stripes

Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

none

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

2 inlaid wood stripes

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 rings (1 herringbone)

                 Inlay

pearl dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

Pictured on ca.1898-1900 Knutsen flyer.

 

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