Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Here's a fancy Symphony model with a paddle-shaped headstock. I've only seen this general shape on one harp mandolin. Note the (poor) choice of friction tuners for the main headstock. The back & sides look remarkably like the padauk on my specimen (HGT1) - very pretty!

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(images copyright Chicago Guitar Exchange)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT23

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Chicago Guitar Exchange > Top Shelf Music

              Year (approx)

1900-1902

                 Label

Mr. C. Knutsen, 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 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

spruce

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood, ivoroid?

Back

ivoroid?

Fingerboard

ivoroid?

Headstock(s)

ivoroid?
Soundhole 3 rings (1 multi-colored wood)

                 Inlay

fancy fret markers and inlay in headstock

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

This instrument was offered on eBay twice and passed at $2650 on March 12, 2004

 

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