Knutsen Harp Guitar

Here's the fourth guitar of this style discovered.
When found after a long life on a fishing boat in Port Renfrew, B.C., it needed the works - dozens of top and back cracks, smashed tail block, missing braces, missing bridge and bass tuners, and much of the fretboard. Luckily the owner, Neil Russell, is a luthier (Celtic Cross Instruments) who was able to tackle the extensive repairs and refinish it. 
All that's missing is the bass string nut, which we now have examples of.
The top is X-braced, suggesting it was designed for steel strings.

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(images copyright Neil Russell)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGP14

                 Category

Port Townsend Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"1898 patent"

                 Current or last known owner

Neil Russell

              Year (approx)

1896-1897

                 Label

"MANUFACTURED BY C. KNUTSEN, PORT TOWNSEND, WASH. PATENTED SEP. 15, 1896"

                 Label Code PT2

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

                 Frets

straight

                 Scale length 25-1/4"
                 Neck Joint heel

Woods

Top

cedar

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

none

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 wood rings (1 herringbone)

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

Original bass nut missing

 

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