Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This nine-string instrument is pictured in ads Knutsen ran in local newspapers in January and February of 1898, so we can assume it was made prior to that.
It looks like the bass arm extension is similar to the 1898 patent drawing - with a more slender appendage and nut for the three, rather than five, bass strings.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGP12

                 Category

Port Townsend Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"1898 patent"

                 Current or last known owner

Knutsen

              Year (approx)

1897-1898

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

9 course: 6 strings on neck, 3 bass

                 Frets

straight

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

unknown

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

unknown

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Headstock(s)

unknown

Soundhole looks like 3 rings

                 Inlay

fancy fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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