Knutsen "Teardrop" Hawaiian Guitar    

This is a fascinating instrument.  A rare "teardrop," it has some unusual "crude" features.  If the tuners look a bit odd and "cute" from the front it is because Knutsen used mandolin tuners, chopping off the 4th tuner from each side!  The back and sides appear to be made of fairly thick mahogany laminate - as if from a piece of veneered furniture (a favorite Knutsen source).  This can be seen in the missing chipped section on the back.  This is a very deep instrument - just under 4-1/2" - with a hollow neck all the way to the headstock.  It is the first seen with a 1600 Temple St. label.  While we don't know exactly when the famous 1542 Temple St. address began, we know that Knutsen was listed at this address for only one year - in 1916.

(images copyright Gregg Miner)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HTD3

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Teardrop-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Josh Weisman > anonymous

                 Year (approx)

c.1916

                 Label

C. Knutsen, 1600 Temple St. Los Angeles

                 Label Code LA5-1/2

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

inlaid
                 Scale length 25-3/8"
                 Neck Joint taper begins just after nut

Woods

Top

koa

Back & Sides

mahogany veneer?

Neck

fir

Fingerboard

dyed ?

Bridge

mahogany

Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

pearwood? blonde/black/blonde

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none
Soundhole multi-colored rope

                 Inlay

celluloid fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

Dimensions Upper Bout  
Lower Bout 15-13/16"
Body at endpin 4-7/16", 3-1/4" at nut

                 Comments

 

 

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