Knutsen Harp Mandolin    

If the label is any indication (and it's the best we have to go on), this harp mandolin is Knutsen's earliest yet known, built well before the presumed 1910 date we suspect was the beginning of his harp mandolins (due to the Livermore patent).  This label (which is cut to remove the words "harp guitar") is dated to 1906-1908, the earliest of the Seattle instruments.  It is also a brand new design, and the only one so far with an inlaid wood pickguard.  While I had already use "Guitar-shaped" for the name of the more common form, it better suits this instrument, so I've added delineated the other with the new term "Guitar Shaped, Lower Bass Point."  

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(images copyright Kelvin Nesvog)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HM21

                 Category

Harp Mandolins

                 Body Style

"Guitar-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Kelvin Nesvog

                 Year (approx)

1906-1908

                 Label

"C. KNUTSEN," (cut label)

                 Label Code SE1

                 Courses / Strings

4 courses: 8 strings on neck

                 Scale length

unknown

Woods

Top

spruce?

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer

unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored wood purfling, blonde wood

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

multi-colored wood purfling

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers

                 Pickguard

unknown

                 Comments

 

 

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