Knutsen "Pineapple" Hawaiian Guitar    

The third and fanciest example of the rare form dubbed the "pineapple-shaped" Hawaiian! Very similar to the other two, with the same label, but very different (unknown) woods. This one has a pickguard and rope-bound headstock, rare for a Knutsen.
Best of all, the owners still have the original receipt! The instrument was sold by John W. Rogers, a Knutsen distributor in Bakersfield, CA (90 miles north of Los Angeles). Rogers writes that he received $50 for "Final Payment on Knutsen Guitar, Hawaiian Tipe (sp). No. 4. Color Red." Unknown is if there was an earlier deposit or if this was the total price. I suspect that Rogers himself came up with the "model" details - borrowing the "No. 4" from a similarly-appointed Weissenborn, his "Color Red" a poor way to try to further identify the typical one-of-a-kind Knutsen instrument. Rogers was apparently serious enough about his Knutsen distributorship to have a stamp made up for the back of his generic receipts. 
With a known sale date of October 21, 1921, we can hypothesize that the "pineapples" were also built circa 1921, and that the white New Hawaiian Family label was clearly in use at this time (whether at the beginning, end, or smack in the middle of its period of use is still unknown). 
The instrument was purchased new by Gus Painter, the great-grandfather of the current owner. 

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(images copyright Les Scigliano)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HP3

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Pineapple-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Gus Painter > Layton Knopf > Les Scigliano > Jonathan Kellerman

                 Year (approx)

1914-1920s

                 Label

full "New Hawaiian Family" label, white

                 Label Code LA1

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

inlaid wood
                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint hollow, square, taper begins at about the fourth fret

Woods

Top

unknown

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

mahogany?

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

rope

Fingerboard

rope

Headstock(s)

rope

Soundhole rope

                 Inlay

fancy celluloid markers

                 Pickguard

unknown

Dimensions Upper Bout  
Lower Bout  
Body at endpin  

                 Comments

 

 

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