Knutsen Harp Guitar    

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT16

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Evolving Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

John Doan

              Year (approx)

1904-1906

                 Label

C. Knutsen, Sole Patentee of the Symphony=Harp=Guitar
with 11 Strings. The five extra bass strings are tuned to D, C, B, A, and G, one octave lower than regular pitch.

                 Label Code TA4

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

                 Frets

slanted
                 Scale length 24-3/4"
                 Neck Joint no heel

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

Douglas Fir

Fingerboard

mahogany

Bridge

stained hard wood
Headstock veneer mahogany

Binding, trim

Top

rope: alternating rectangular pieces of spruce and mahogany each 3/16" long joined end to end at a thickness of 1/8".

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole 6 circles of inlay. Circles 1,2,5, and 6 appear to be
thin strips of mahogany while the third ring from opening is rope and the fourth from the opening is a thin herringbone.

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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