Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Other than replaced tuners and a couple of minor repairs, this slightly later-built "1898 Patent-style" harp guitar is in great original condition. It is also a very nice, fancier model. It has unique binding both around the soundhole, and around the top.  The owner (a luthier) states that the back and sides are "a South American rosewood of some sort; my best guess would be Guatemalan Rosewood (Dalbergia -cubilquitensis) or Granadillo. It has very attractive back and sides; sides are very well quartered and the back amazingly is all one piece - no center joint. It is quartered at the edges and very flat sawn in the center indicating a slab cut from the edge of a large tree." He adds that the "top is "X" braced, original, very resonant., and structurally sound."
Knutsen harp guitars with rosewood back and sides are extremely rare.
Note the strange, cone-shaped heel "nub."

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(images copyright Peter Allan Sawchyn)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGP27

                 Category

Port Townsend Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"1898 patent"

                 Current or last known owner

Peter Allan Sawchyn

              Year (approx)

1898-1900

                 Label

PT5

                 Courses / Strings

9 course: 6 strings on neck, 3 bass

                 Frets

straight

                 Scale length 24-3/8"
                 Neck Joint slight nub of a heel

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

rosewood (Granadillo?)

Neck

walnut

Fingerboard

rosewood (Granadillo?)

Bridge

rosewood (Granadillo?)

Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

ivoroid, red, white & black marquetry in a small block pattern (not herringbone, doesn't match rosette)

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 rings, center ring  of Herringbone, Matching endpiece of Herringbone

                 Inlay

fancy pearl inlays

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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