Knutsen Harp Mandolin    

Here is a very fancy specimen with a great pickguard inlay.
Unfortunately, it is heavily damaged. Note Knutsen's famous glued butt joint for the neck.

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(images from eBay)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HM23

                 Category

Harp Mandolins

                 Body Style

"Guitar-shaped, Lower Bass Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Intermountain Guitar & Banjo

                 Year (approx)

1910-1914

                 Label

none

                 Courses / Strings

4 courses, 8 strings on neck

                 Scale length

unknown

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

missing

Headstock veneer

unknown

Binding, trim

Top

multi-colored herringbone purfling, ivoroid

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

ivoroid

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

multi-colored herringbone purfling, ivoroid

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers and headstock inlay

                 Pickguard

celluloid or tortoiseshell with fancy inlay

                 Comments

 

 

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