Knutsen Harp Guitar    

A fairly fancy specimen of this mid-period Seattle model. Note that the bass headstock is not as vertical as the other "1c" forms. Knutsen pickguards on harp guitars are non-standard and quite rare - this one may or may not be original. The added neck heel is certainly not original.

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(images copyright and courtesy Colin McCubbin)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS52

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Alex Varty > Evan Plommer

              Year (approx)

1910-1912

                 Label none

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

               Frets

straight

                 Scale length 24-1/2
                 Neck Joint added heel

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer unknown on main, walnut on bass? 

Binding, trim

Top

"spread out" rope purfling, ivoroid?

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 rings (1 "spread out" rope purfling, 1 "half-herringbone)

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers on fb and headstock

                 Pickguard

original or added?

                 Comments

 

 

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