Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This is a very interesting half-size harp guitar, shrunk down to a 13-1/2" scale length!
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, right image copyright Kerry Char)

Size comparison with my standard Symphony harp guitar, which is 15-1/2" wide and has a 25-1/2" scale length.

 Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS7

                 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

na

                 Scale length 13-1/2"
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

dyed pearwood

Bridge

mahogany

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood 

Back

ivoroid

Fingerboard

rope, ivoroid

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 2 rings (1 multi-colored)

                 Inlay

4 dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

~Half-size guitar (Noe/Most, p.71)

 

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