Knutsen Harp Hawaiian Guitar    

This was the first Hawaiian guitar of this style that I had ever seen - so after acquiring this, who needed a Weissenborn?!
It had been a little thrashed, but turned out OK, and sounds and looks great. And a rather fancy Brazilian rosewood back, the only one seen on a Hawaiian so far.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HHW1

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"'Weissenborn-shaped' Harp Hawaiian"

                 Current or last known owner

Gregg Miner

                 Year (approx)

1920-1927 or 1928. Possibly earlier (back to 1914?)

                 Label

"C. KNUTSEN, Manufacturer of ALL KINDS OF STRINGED INSTRUMENTS, 1542 TEMPLE ST."

                 Label Code LA9

                 Courses / Strings

12 course: 6 strings on neck, 2 bass, 4 treble

                 Frets

inlaid wood

                 Scale length 24-7/8"
                 Neck Joint hollow, square, taper begins at fifth fret

Woods

Top

spruce with walnut inlays

Back & Sides

koa sides, Brazilian rosewood back

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

walnut

Bridge

koa or mahogany

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

rope

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope, wood

                 Inlay

white celluloid dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

koa

Dimensions Upper Bout 9-3/8"
Lower Bout 14-5/8"
Body at endpin 3-3/4"

                 Comments

Repairs to lower left top and side.

 

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