Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Here's a fascinating instrument!
An early "Evolving Symphony" style - the bass headstock is just starting to evolve into the new shape, and the bridge shape is a new design from the standard Symphony bridge.
The unusually narrow, ~7/8 scale body with super tiny soundhole is the only one like it known.
Additional photos and information can be found in From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family by Noe & Most.

hgt6.jpg (26015 bytes) braceshgt6.jpg (26074 bytes) hgt6alt.jpg (12424 bytes)

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(left image copyright Tom Noe, center image Kerry Char, right image Dan Most Estate)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT6

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Evolving Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Dan Most Estate

              Year (approx)

1902-1904

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

                 Frets

slanted
                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

quilted maple

Neck

cedar

Fingerboard

walnut

Bridge

walnut
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

hard to identify

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole 2 multi-colored rings

                 Inlay

3 dot markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

Slender ~7/8 size (Noe/Most, p.34)

 

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