Knutsen Hawaiian Guitar

The owner states: "When I got it it had a pickguard that ended up falling off revealing this weird circle cut indent. I believe that there was once a round pickguard sunk into the top - which came off at some point and a big flat one was put over the top. I know that it was sunk into the top because the sound hole inlay is cut into.
"Awesome instrument. I keep it slack when I'm not playing it. Sounds great acoustic and with a Sunrise pick up amplified. Online you can hear this instrument at: http://www.mp3.com/brettlovins
"It is the tune "Tweedy's Wedding." The Knutsen is holding down the lead instrument as well the bass. There are 3 other tracks of guitar on this tune."

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HW10

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Weissenborn-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Brett Lovins

                 Year (approx)

1914-1920s

                 Label

remains of yellow "New Hawaiian Family" label
                 Label Code LA2

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

inlaid wood

                 Scale length 25-5/8"
                 Neck Joint hollow, square, taper begins between the fourth and fifth frets.

Woods

Top

Cedar? Mahogany?

Back & Sides

koa 

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

koa?

Bridge

koa

Headstock veneer

unknown birdseye

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

rope

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope

                 Inlay

fancy bone or celluloid fret markers

                 Pickguard

replaced and removed?

Dimensions Upper Bout 9-7/8"
Lower Bout 15-1/16"
Body at endpin 3-1/4"

                 Comments

Tuners replaced.

 

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