Knutsen Hawaiian Guitar  

This Knutsen is a find!
It has a label from B & J, New York (identifying it as "The Mele" Hawaiian Ukulele).
Were they distributing for Knutsen on the East Coast? And when?
The bridge and the paddle-shaped headstock identify it as a Knutsen (the back braces are horizontal).
It's a fairly large, deep instrument.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HW11

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Weissenborn-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Hollywood Vintage Collection of Guitar Center

                 Year (approx)

Seattle period?

                 Label

"The Mele, Hawaiian Ukulele, B & J, New York"
                 Label Code LA5

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

inlaid wood

                 Scale length 25-1/2"
                 Neck Joint hollow, square, taper begins between nut and first fret

Woods

Top

spruce?

Back & Sides

koa

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

koa or mahogany

Bridge

mahogany

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope, assorted wood

                 Inlay

pearl dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

Dimensions Upper Bout 10"
Lower Bout 15-1/4"
Body at endpin 4"

                 Comments

Body/neck 3" deep at nut. Straight horizontal back braces.

 

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