Knutsen "Teardrop" Hawaiian Guitar    

This was the first example known of this strange style. Was it also copied from Hawaiian guitars that Knutsen had access to?
It has zither pins instead of guitar tuners - the only example of this on a Knutsen instrument main neck.
I know several people who would all but kill for this guitar. Unfortunately, it's whereabouts are unknown.

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(left image copyright Ben Elder, right image copyright Gregg Miner)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HTD1

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Teardrop-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Rick Turner

                 Year (approx)

1914-?

                 Label

"C. KNUDSEN (misspelled), Los Angeles"

                 Label Code LA10

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

raised metal
                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint hollow

Woods

Top

black

Back & Sides

unknown

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer unknown

Binding, trim

Top

ivoroid?

Back

unknown

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole brown, cream and black wood rings

                 Inlay

fancy fret markers

                 Pickguard

black ?, with pearl crescent moon inlay 

Dimensions Upper Bout unknown
Lower Bout unknown
Body at endpin unknown

                 Comments

 

 

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