Knutsen Hawaiian Guitar

According to the two experienced repairmen working on this instrument, it is made from monkeypod wood, not koa, mahogany, gum or other. Any other votes?
This has different rope binding than we've seen on any Knutsen (or any other Hawaiian guitars for that matter) - the light bands are very thin. Normally, the dark and light pieces are of similar width.

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(top images copyright Ben Elder, bottom row Tim Murphy)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HW20

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Weissenborn-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Tim Murphy

                 Year (approx)

1920-1927 or 1928. Possibly earlier (back to 1914?)

                 Label

"C. KNUTSEN, Manufacturer of ALL KINDS OF STRINGED INSTRUMENTS, 1542 TEMPLE ST."
                 Label Code LA8

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

inlaid wood

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint hollow, square, taper begins around the first or second fret

Woods

Top

monkeypod

Back & Sides

monkeypod

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

unknown

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

special rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

special rope

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

special rope

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none
Dimensions Upper Bout  
Lower Bout  
Body at endpin  

                 Comments

 

 

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