Knutsen Harp Ukulele

This instrument has a very intriguing label by Ernest Kaai of Honolulu, indicating that Knutsen had a distribution arrangement in Hawaii!
According to Jim Beloff's The Ukulele, Ernest Kaai was "Hawaii's greatest ukulele player", but also "a songwriter, arranger, singer, concert promoter, music teacher, and all-around impresario."
Chuck Fayne, uke expert, and the instrument's previous owner states, "the only label of his I have ever seen other than on the ukes he sold as his. I'm pretty sure he didn't make ukes, just distributed them in his name."
Somewhere else I learned that he distributed his ukes from 1915 to 1930, which makes this instrument pretty hard to date.
This particular harp uke has the most adorably delicate little harp arm.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HU7

                 Category

Harp Ukuleles

                 Body Style

"Standard"

                 Current or last known owner

Jonathan Kellerman

                 Year (approx)

1909-1930

                 Label

"E(RNEST KAAI DEALER) UKULELE, HONOLULU, HAWAII

                 Label Code SE10

                 Courses / Strings

4 strings

                 Scale length

unknown

Woods

Top

koa

Back & Sides

koa

Neck

koa

Fingerboard

koa

Bridge

replaced

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

none

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

wood

                 Inlay

two nails for "dot markers"!

                 Pickguard

none

                 Comments

 

 

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