Knutsen Harp Hawaiian Guitar

This is the instrument from Track 1 of Tone Poems III.
The original bass arm extension was missing, so zither pins were installed in the side of the neck.
See the Tone Poems booklet for additional pictures and information, and a wonderful recorded performance on a Knutsen!

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(left image copyright and courtesy of Craig Miller, Acoustic Disc, right image Andy Roth)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HHW4

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"'Weissenborn-shaped' Harp Hawaiian"

                 Current or last known owner

Bob Brozman

                 Year (approx)

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

                 Label

In an earlier photo, I spotted the remnants of a Temple St. label
                 Label Code LA8

                 Courses / Strings

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

                 Frets

inlaid wood

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint hollow, square, taper begins at the second fret

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

fir

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

rope

Fingerboard

inlaid single wood stripes

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope, wood

                 Inlay

fancy tan celluloid fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

Dimensions Upper Bout unknown
Lower Bout unknown
Body at endpin unknown

                 Comments

 

 

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