Knutsen Hawaiian Guitar

This instrument has a very nice book-matched koa back. The bridge had been replaced with a similarly-shaped replacement with an added tailpiece instead of the standard pins. A previous player has also lettered some of the frets with a marker.
At right is the instrument after restoration including an appropriate new bridge.

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(images copyright Gregg Miner, right image copyright Russ Young)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HW28

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Weissenborn-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Russ Young

                 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 at the fourth fret

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

koa

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

replaced

Headstock veneer

none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

rope stripes

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope

                 Inlay

tan celluloid dot and diamond fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

Dimensions Upper Bout 10"
Lower Bout 15"
Body at endpin 3-3/4"

                 Comments

 

 

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