Knutsen Harp Mandolin  

This is a real prize. An eBay purchase that snuck under the radar. The first harp mandolin of this style with bass strings, and a strange top of walnut (the consensus is that the top and sides are walnut, the back perhaps a stained mahogany). Collector Jonathan Kellerman looked at the top - with thick "crazed" lacquer - and wondered (not for the first time) if Knutsen was using wood from furniture, without re-doing the finish! Would it really surprise any of us? See HCP8 and tell us what you think.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HM3

                 Category

Harp Mandolins

                 Body Style

"Lower Treble Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Gregg Miner

                 Year (approx)

1914-1920s

                 Label

"New Hawaiian Family" half-label, yellow

                 Label Code LA3

                 Courses / Strings

8 courses: 8 strings on neck, 4 bass

                 Scale length

13-7/8"

Woods

Top

koa?

Back & Sides

koa? Sides may be walnut or ?

Neck

koa or mahogany

Fingerboard

dyed mahogany

Bridge

ebony

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

rope

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope

                 Inlay

white celluloid dot markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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