Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Another early 3/4 scale "Double-Point." While the bass headstock already indicated to me that this was the earliest of the Seattle era guitars (in fact, it even has remnants of an "Evolving Symphony"-style point on the right side), the label coincides with the last of the Tacoma "Evolving Symphony" instruments - and the owner's great-grandmother bought this instrument new while living in Tacoma! Thus, this "early Seattle" Knutsen was likely built in Tacoma (just as the early "Tacoma" instruments are now known to have been built in Port Townsend).

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(outer images copyright Roy Graves, inner Lowell Levinger)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS47

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Double Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Roy Graves > Lowell Levinger

              Year (approx)

c.1906

                 Label

C. KNUTSEN, Sole Patentee of the Symphony-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 TA4

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

               Frets

straight
                 Scale length ~19"
                 Neck Joint no heel

Woods

Top

unknown

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

fancy wood purfling

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole unknown

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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