Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This instrument represents the next phase of the "Evolving Symphony" style:
From here on out, Knutsen used geared tuners for the bass strings (except for a couple with zither pins in the last years). The bridge is the same as the first Evolving Symphs, but the headstock has changed. The body still has the same Symphony dimensions. The label is a new one, now correctly spelled "Knutsen."

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT18

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Evolving Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

anonymous

              Year (approx)

1903-1904

                 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

maple?

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

mahogany
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored (browns) wood purfling

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole 3 rings (1 multi-colored wood purfling)

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

some replaced tuners, strap button added to inner curve of bass arm.

 

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