Knutsen Harp Guitar    

The bass headstock again changes at this time (ca. 1911).
This is the first example of a harp guitar I've seen with the adjustable hinge brackets on a scooped-out neck. This seems to predate the Upper Right Point Harp Hawaiian guitars which all have a similar joint.
Additional photos and information can be found in From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family by Noe & Most.

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(left image copyright Tom Noe, left center from ebay, right 2 images copyright Kerry Char)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS6

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Dan Most Estate > ?

              Year (approx)

1911

                 Label

"C. Knutsen, Sole Patentee of the 11-string harp guitar"

                 Label Code SE2

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

               Frets

straight

                 Scale length 25-1/2"
                 Neck Joint scooped out heel and convertible brackets!

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

Spanish cedar

Fingerboard

dyed pearwood

Bridge

mahogany

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

ivoroid

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 2 rings

                 Inlay

4 dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

(Noe/Most, p.70) This instrument was offered on eBay around 2000, and again in 2004, when it sold for $3151 on Feb 1.

 

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