Knutsen Harp Guitar  

This "Evolving Symphony" is the only one with straight frets. It also has the now-correctly-spelled label. At this point, the body begins to narrow (though the bass headstock is still the same shape as the previous instrument).

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT35

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Evolving Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Mike Doolin

              Year (approx)

1903-1905

                 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

straight
                 Scale length 24-7/8"
                 Neck Joint no heel

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

curly maple

Neck

Douglas fir?

Fingerboard

rosewood?

Bridge

unknown
Headstock veneer mahogany?

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole 3 rings (1 rope)

                 Inlay

white plastic dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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