Knutsen Harp Guitar    

This may be considered the first of the "Evolving Symphony" style, and a tricky call.
The bass headstock is just starting to evolve into the new shape - and the bass tuners are not yet geared. The give-away is the bridge - different from the standard Symphony bridge (and similar to all the other Evolving Symphs). It has slanted frets also (as do almost all the Evolving Symphs). It has pretty fancy trim, something the later Tacoma instruments seemed to eschew. 
Kerry Char obtained this unique oak instrument from his friend Dan Most. 
Additional photos and information can be found in From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family by Noe & Most, p. 35.

hgt7.jpg (30404 bytes) hgt7head.jpg (13689 bytes)

(images copyright Tom Noe)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT7

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Evolving Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Kerry Char

              Year (approx)

1902-1904

                 Label

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

                 Label Code TA3

                 Courses / Strings

11 course: 6 strings on neck, 5 bass

                 Frets

slanted

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint unknown

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

oak

Neck

Western Red cedar

Fingerboard

walnut

Bridge

walnut

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood 

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole 3 rings (1 multi-colored)

                 Inlay

4 single dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

(Noe/Most, p.35)

 

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