Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Flea market denizen Ben Elder discovered this Knutsen in a picture of Nashville songwriter John D. Loudermilk from a mid-'60s songbook (pictured at right). The caption reads: "The weird looking job with the two necks was given to me by Chet Atkins. It is very rare. You know when Chet can't play it, it's gotta be rare."
Note the unusual bridge made in two separate sections.
The fingerboard section extending over the top is missing.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS32

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Chet Atkins > John D. Loudermilk

              Year (approx)

1913-1914

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

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

               Frets

straight

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

koa or gum?

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

ivoroid?

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole rope

                 Inlay

fancy fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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