Knutsen Harp Guitar    

In the Noe/Most book (left image), the tuners have been removed. In the right two pictures we see the original tuners - as Dan Most said, 7 on the neck. As in the other 7-string variations, the "g" string is doubled. Dan also stated that there are six bass strings. There are some marks on the front and back of the headstock that suggest a 6th tuner of some type may have been present at one time - but I suspect it was originally just the five strings, like all the harp guitars of this style. So, with one less bass string, and a doubled "g" string, this is really a standard 18-course instrument (rather than the 20 which the book leads one to believe).
Additional photos and information can be found in From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family by Noe & Most.

hgs8.jpg (28126 bytes) hgs8head.jpg (23013 bytes) hgs8headback.jpg (27247 bytes)

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

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGS8

                 Category

Seattle Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Dan Most Estate

              Year (approx)

1912

                 Label

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

                 Label Code SE2

                 Courses / Strings

18 course: 7 strings on neck (G doubled), 5 bass, 7 treble

               Frets

straight

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

black-painted spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

walnut

Bridge

walnut

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood 

Back

ivoroid

Fingerboard

rope, ivoroid

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole rope

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers, diamond in headstock

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

(Noe/Most, p.73)

 

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