Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This well known instrument is owned by collector/musician/historian John Doan, and in fact, was the inspiration for the now infamous Sullivan-Elliott style 20-string harp guitar.
It is the only known Knutsen harp guitar with Brazilian rosewood back and sides!
It is also one of the fanciest models known - with the white binding on the bass headstock, the unique inlay shape at the junction (only two other Symphony harp guitars feature this), and the full set of 18 courses. It also has inlaid wood single stripes on the sides.
Note the slight "kink" near the top of the bass arm (as in the previous HGT28)- otherwise fairly uniform in all the other Symphony models.
Note also the unique transitional neck joint - not exactly a heel, but a bulge!

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(top row copyright Gregg Miner, bottom row copyright Kerry Char)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT15

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars (Port Townsend built)

                 Body Style

"Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

John Doan > Brent Bunker > John Doan

              Year (approx)

1898-1899

                 Label

"The One-Arm Harp Guitar. Patented United States, England and Canada. Infringements will be prosecuted to the fullest extant."

                 Label Code PT5

                 Courses / Strings

18 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass, 7 treble

                 Frets

straight

                 Scale length 25-1/2"
                 Neck Joint heel bulge

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

Brazilian rosewood

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

Brazilian rosewood

Bridge

dyed oak
Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood, ivoroid

Back

ivorioid

Fingerboard

ivoroid

Headstock(s)

bass: ivoroid
Soundhole 3 wood rings (1 multi-colored)

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

Individual bridge saddles non-original

 

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