Knutsen Hawaiian Guitar

This one finally came to ground again - thanks to alert Knutsen Archives reader Roma Baran for spotting it.  My guess is that the back and sides are mahogany.

Here is what looks like a very nice Hawaiian with rope-bound top and back and a 16-1/2" wide body (as big as Knutsen was known to make them).  Unfortunately, it has defied all attempts to be cataloged.  It was sold in auction on Aug 8, 2005 for $1891.  Though I put in repeated bids myself, the seller (who advertised this as a "5-string guitar"(?!) steadfastly refused to provide better images (either for the Archives or to a prospective buyer).  To add insult to injury, the buyer informed the seller that they did not wish this instrument to be documented.  It is a sad, but not uncommon fact, that many instruments seem to have value to their owners only if they are secreted away.  As my readers know, plenty of Knutsen owners choose (and are given) anonymity on this site.  I'm grateful to all of them that they realize the historical importance of each and every specimen.

hw30.jpg (26990 bytes) hw30back.jpg (29188 bytes) hw30sh.jpg (46209 bytes)

(first 3 images copyright Lark Street Music, remainder from Goodwill Auctions)

.Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

HW30

                 Category

Hollow Neck Hawaiian Guitars

                 Body Style

"Weissenborn-shaped"

                 Current or last known owner

Goodwill Auctions > unknown > Lark Street Music

                 Year (approx)

1920-1927 or 1928.

                 Label

C. KNUTSEN
Manufacturer of
ALL KINDS OF
STRINGED INSTRUMENTS
                 Label Code LA8 or LA9

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

inlaid wood

                 Scale length unknown
                 Neck Joint hollow, square, taper begins at about the first fret

Woods

Top

spruce?

Back & Sides

mahogany?

Neck

unknown

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

mahogany?

Headstock veneer

unknown

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

rope

Fingerboard

2 inlaid rope strips

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole

rope

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

black ?

Dimensions Upper Bout  
Lower Bout ~16-1/2"
Body at endpin ~3"?

                 Comments

 

 

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