Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This is a wonderful find, and is unique in so many ways!
First, and most obvious, it's a left-handed guitar (and lefty harp guitars look so much stranger because of the arm switching sides!). 
Next, is the rare, unusual "Double Point" body - one of only four known.
Then the size, and scale length (probably 19", the standard 3/4 size), which puts the bridge all the way up to the soundhole(?!) on this parlor-sized instrument.
And once again Knutsen's strange stringing arrangement - seven strings on the neck, with the "g" string doubled.
And finally, as ungainly and strange as it first appears, it's a gorgeous, very fancy instrument - wonderful inlay and trim throughout. Note the herringbone strip on the back of the neck, with an extra inlay accent at the end!

11/2002: Tragically, this instrument was recently destroyed in a fire at the shop where it was on display.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS25

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Double Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Bischofberger Violin Shop

              Year (approx)

1906-1908

                 Label

C. Knutsen Sole Patentee of the Harp guitar with 11 strings. The five extra bass strings are tuned to D, C, B, A and G one octave lower than regular pitch. 
                 Label Code SE1

                 Courses / Strings

18 course: 7 strings on neck (G doubled), 5 bass, 7 treble

               Frets

straight
                 Scale length ~19"
                 Neck Joint no heel

Woods

Top

spruce?

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

fancy wood purfling, ivoroid?

Back

fancy wood purfling, ivoroid?

Fingerboard

ivoroid?

Headstock(s)

ivoroid?
Soundhole 3 multi-colored rings

                 Inlay

very fancy pearl fret markers and headstock inlay, wood and pearl inlay in back of neck

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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