Knutsen "Pineapple" Hawaiian Guitar    

A second example of the rare form dubbed the "pineapple-shaped" Hawaiian! It looks very much like the other (HP1), and has the same label. The inlays on the fingerboard are different, and probably the woods. This one currently has some awful overspray over a poor back seam repair (giving the "sunburst" appearance). The top looks a lot like koa, except for those dark streaks, which identify it as (most likely) red gum or "sweet gum."

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HP2

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Pineapple-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Folk Music Center, Claremont, CA / Ben Harper

                 Year (approx)

1914-1920s

                 Label

full "New Hawaiian Family" label, white

                 Label Code LA1

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

inlaid wood
                 Scale length 24-7/8"
                 Neck Joint hollow, square, taper begins at third fret

Woods

Top

red gum

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

koa

Bridge

mahogany

Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

rope stripes

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole rope

                 Inlay

celluloid dot markers

                 Pickguard

none

Dimensions Upper Bout n/a
Lower Bout 14-1/2" at widest point
Body at endpin 3-3/4"

                 Comments

 

 

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