Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This instrument was sold by The Red Fiddle to the National Music Museum.
Note the unusual main headstock design - nothing else like it has been seen.  More unusual is the binding - a wonderful 3-ply layer of herringbone, multi-colored purfling and herringbone.  The headstock has probably been touched up - painted black or re-veneered - and I suspect the crude "upside-down butterfly" inlay of abalone is non-original.  This one has a strange case of fingerboard degradation - currently undergoing restoration, the museum's technician believes that something in Knutsen's dye caused this.  Note the bluish tint to the fretboard.

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(images copyright and courtesy National Music Museum)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS16

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Red Fiddle > National Music Museum

              Year (approx)

1906-1908

                 Label

SE1

                 Courses / Strings

18 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass, 7 treble

               Frets

straight

                 Scale length ~19"
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored purfling bordered on each side by herringbone

Back

ivoroid

Fingerboard

ivoroid

Headstock(s)

ivoroid
Soundhole 3 rings of herringbone and/or multi-colored purfling

                 Inlay

fancy fret markers and headstock inlay

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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