Knutsen Harp Guitars    

This instrument has been well-loved and well-played!  The current owner's grandfather "apparently bought the guitar for $50.00 in Blaine Washington in a second hand store at the age of 21. He did play it for many years all over the Skagit and Whatcom counties."
At some point, he replaced the original geared tuners with one strip of geared and 3 friction pegs.
What is most amazing is the intact label, which is a new one (April, 2005)!  Though it has a drawing of a Symphony harp guitar, I believe it is different from the label TA1.  Bottom row depicts the instrument after restoration and clean-up by Kerry Char.

   

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(top: images copyright Thomas McLeod, bottom: Kerry Char)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT48

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Thomas McLeod

                 Year (approx)

1900-1902

                 Label

TA1/2

                 Courses / Strings

11-course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

                 Frets

slanted

                 Scale length 24-1/4
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

fir

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood, ivoroid

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 rings (1 multi-colored wood)

                 Inlay

3 dot markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

tuners replaced

 

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