Knutsen Hawaiian Guitar

This instrument has a gorgeous flame top - but is it koa or mahogany...?  The insane one-piece back with "animal mane" stripe down the center similarly defies identification (mahogany or koa?), as do the sides.  Knutsen's red-colored shellac has been over-sprayed top and back (after a small repair to top at lower treble bout).  An I-Beam pickup and jack have been installed, tone (acoustic) is outstanding.

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Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HW21

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Weissenborn-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Bill Asher > Bernunzio Vintage Inst > John O'Kennedy

                 Year (approx)

1914-1920s

                 Label

full "New Hawaiian Family," white
                 Label Code LA1

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

inlaid wood

                 Scale length 24-7/8"
                 Neck Joint hollow, square, taper begins between the second and third fret

Woods

Top

flame koa or mahogany

Back & Sides

1-piece koa or mahogany

Neck

solid koa

Fingerboard

dyed ?

Bridge

mahogany

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

none

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope

                 Inlay

celluloid dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none
Dimensions Upper Bout 9-1/2"
Lower Bout 14-7/8"
Body at endpin 3-1/2"

                 Comments

Small repair to top at lower treble bout, over-sprayed

 

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