Knutsen Harp Guitar    

The instrument is pictured on p.18 of The Chinery Collection. It's a "parlor-size" instrument with a 14-1/2" wide body and a scale length of 19-5/8 inches.

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(left image copyright Stan Jay/Mandolin Bros, center & right copyright The Relics Collection)

Size comparison with my standard Symphony harp guitar, which is 15-1/2" wide and has a 25-1/2" scale length.

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS15

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Mandolin Bros > Scott Chinery Estate > The Relics Collection, Vermont

              Year (approx)

1911-1913

                 Label

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

                 Label Code SE2

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

               Frets

straight

                 Scale length 19-5/8"
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

fir

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole rope

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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