Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This was the first 11-course 1898 patent-style guitar ever found. 
Unfortunately, the bass assembly had broken, and between the remnants left and what we could see in the patent drawing in Robert Hartman's book, repairman Kerry Char and I designed the bass nut extension shown.
We never imagined at the time that the patent drawing was, in fact, complete - had we only researched it more carefully!
So when Don Adams obtained the second one of these instruments, we (mainly Don) finally did our homework!
(See next instrument, HGP8)

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGP4

                 Category

Port Townsend Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"1898 patent"

                 Current or last known owner

Gregg Miner

              Year (approx)

1897-1898

                 Label

none

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

                 Frets

straight

                 Scale length 25-1/2"
                 Neck Joint heel

Woods

Top

cedar

Back & Sides

sides: mahogany; back: ash

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

rosewood

Bridge

stained?

Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

none

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 rings (1 herringbone)

                 Inlay

pearl diamond fret markers, pearl dots in bridge

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

Bass nut assembly restored non-original

 

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