Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Note that Knutsen now switches to a permanently solid headstock with geared tuners, circa 1900.
Additional photos and information can be found in From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family by Noe & Most.

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(left image copyright Tom Noe, right image copyright Kerry Char)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT3

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Dan Most Estate

              Year (approx)

1901-1902

                 Label

misspelled "C. NUTSEN, Sole Patentee of the Symphony Harp-Guitar"

                 Label Code TA3

                 Courses / Strings

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

                 Frets

slanted

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

walnut

Bridge

walnut

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood 

Back

maple

Fingerboard

multi-colored wood 

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 rings (2 multi-colored)

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

(Noe/Most, p.28)

 

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