Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Chris Knutsen's wife, Anna, holds this instrument in the first of the family photo shoots, so it's one of the oldest confirmed Symphony models.
It has a solid headstock, and has a slight "kink" in the bass arm. Was this a remnant of the sharp bend in the previous guitar (HGT31)?
Interesting that both slotted and solid headstocks were both done on the earliest Symphony models.

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(images copyright Jeanette Detlor)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT28

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars (Port Townsend built)

                 Body Style

"Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Anna Knutsen

              Year (approx)

1898-1899

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

                 Frets

straight
                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

unknown

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

hard to identify

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

hard to identify

Headstock(s)

bass: ivoroid?
Soundhole hard to identify

                 Inlay

fancy fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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