Knutsen Harp Guitar    

The "short-arm" harp guitars are certainly cute, but I'm surprised Knutsen used bass strings on this design - the basses are so much shorter than the regular strings.
Additional photos and information can be found in From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family by Noe & Most.

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(image copyright Tom Noe)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS10

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Lower Bass Point, Short Arm"

                 Current or last known owner

Dan Most Estate

              Year (approx)

1910-1913

                 Label

"C. Knutsen, Sole Patentee of the 11-string harp guitar"

                 Label Code SE2

                 Courses / Strings

9 course: 6 strings on neck, 3 bass

               Frets

straight
                 Scale length 24-7/8"
                 Neck Joint no heel

Woods

Top

black-painted spruce

Back & Sides

curly maple

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

mahogany

Bridge

mahogany
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

wood

Back

none

Fingerboard

ivoroid

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole rope

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

(Noe/Most, p.79)

 

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