Knutsen Harp Guitar    

I have to begin by apologizing for missing this instrument! It's the lefty held by Chris in the earlier family portrait, originally known only from the label of HGT17. When I received the copy of the only known print of this image from the Detlor collection, the unique bass headstock (which I had inexcusably missed) was now clearly visible. This represents then another experimental design by Knutsen, similar to (and the same time frame of) the "missing link" transitional bass headstock of HGT31. 

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(images copyright and courtesy Jeanette Detlor)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT33

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars (Port Townsend built)

                 Body Style

"Pre-Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Chris Knutsen

                 Year (approx)

1898-1899

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

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

                 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

unknown

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

ivoroid?

Headstock(s)

unknown

Soundhole unknown

                 Inlay

fancy fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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