Knutsen Harp Mandolin    

I love this instrument. It's visually striking, and sounds great! Not only was it the first "guitar-shaped" Knutsen mandolin I'd seen, but it was the first  with bass strings to turn up. Until then, I only fantasized that Knutsen built one! Dan Most told me it was hanging in a guitar shop and wasn't for sale, but wouldn't tell me who had it! It was a frustrating wait - until one day, when I stumbled across the dealer at a trade show, who mentioned it. Frankly, I think he only sold it to me to spite Dan - but Dan blessed the transaction, and here it is. And of course, Dan immediately found another! His (#HM12), according to Kerry Char, was a very plain blonde model. I don't know what happened to it, and am hoping a picture will turn up.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HM2

                 Category

Harp Mandolins

                 Body Style

"Guitar-shaped, Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Gregg Miner

                 Year (approx)

1910-1914

                 Label

"C. Knutsen, Sole Patentee" in blue bordered rectangle

                 Label Code SE5

                 Courses / Strings

8 courses: 8 strings on neck, 4 bass

                 Scale length

14"

Woods

Top

black painted spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

ebony

Bridge

bone (1 replaced)

Headstock veneer

ebony on both headstocks (replaced)

Binding, trim

Top

white / red / white celluloid

Back

ivoroid

Fingerboard

ivoroid (replaced)

Headstock(s)

white / black / white celluloid (replaced)

Soundhole

multi-colored rope

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers, pearl moon in headstock

                 Pickguard

tortoiseshell with pearl butterfly

                 Comments

All new tuners.

 

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