Knutsen Harp Guitar    

Another bass headstock change starts this new row of "Evolving Symphony" harp guitars.
An unusual feature of this instrument is the use of rope binding on the fingerboard - perhaps the first use by Knutsen.
Was it from a furniture supplier, as Noe & Most suggest, and/or was it the first example of the Hawaiian instrument influence?
The instrument was significantly rebuilt with new materials in 2006 by Dan'l Terry.
Additional photos and information can be found in From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family by Noe & Most.

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(Top row: left image copyright Tom Noe, center images copyright Kerry Char, right images copyright Danl Terry
Bottom row: images copyright Lowell Levinger)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HGT9

                 Category

Tacoma Harp Guitars

                 Body Style

"Evolving Symphony"

                 Current or last known owner

Dan Most > Kerry Char > Dan'l Terry > Lowell Levinger

              Year (approx)

1904-1906

                 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

walnut

Neck

cedar

Fingerboard

walnut

Bridge

walnut
Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

hard to identify

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

rope

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole 3 rings (2 multi-colored)

                 Inlay

fancy fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

Geared bass tuners, evolving bass headstock (Noe/Most, p.37)

 

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