Knutsen Harp Mandola    

WOW - a Knutsen harp mandola. It has the same body size as his mandolins, with a longer neck and bass arm for the extended scale-length. Wonderful. It gives one hope that he made a harp mandocello!
The koa back and sides appear "orange" due to the shellac finish.

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Size comparison of the mandola with a typical harp mandolin.

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HMA1

                 Category

Harp Mandolas

                 Body Style

"Lower Treble Point"

                 Current or last known owner

Brent Bunker

                 Year (approx)

1910-?

                 Label

unknown

                 Courses / Strings

4 courses: 8 strings on neck

                 Scale length

18"

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

koa

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

dyed ?

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

maple

Back

maple

Fingerboard

white plastic

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope

                 Inlay

fancy pearl fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

total length 29", body 2-7/8" deep.

 

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