Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This well-known instrument is pictured in both of Robert C. Hartman's books on the Larson Brother's instruments.
These newly published color images are from Bob's original photos.

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(images copyright Robert C. Hartman)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT13

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Midwest Guitar Exchange

              Year (approx)

1898-1900

                 Label

"Mr. C. Knutsen (handwritten at top), Sole Patentee of the Symphony Harp guitar with 11 strings. The 5 extra bass strings being tuned to D, C, B, A and G one octave lower than regular pitch. This harp guitar is the deepest tone instrument made. This is the only harp guitar with the slanted fret. For prices and circulars address: C. Knutsen 1001 south J St. Tacoma, Wash."

                 Label Code TA2

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

                 Frets

slanted

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint no heel

Woods

Top

unknown

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood purfling

Back

maple?

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole 3 wood rings (1 multi-colored)

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

("The Larsons' Creations", p.91)

 

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