The Mandolin Family Instruments of Chris Knutsen
by Gregg Miner, as part of
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Mandolins now known! *
(* = known to have been built. Only 28 survive)
The Knutsen mandolins in the gallery below are separated into the categories referenced in the Category/Style Reference Chart.
Only one example of a Knutsen mandolin without a harp arm is known - the rest are all harp mandolins (plus one harp mandola and one harp bandurria).
Harp mandolins are defined by having a hollow arm extending from the sound chamber.
Like Knutsen’s harp (or "one arm") guitars, they do not have to actually have extra bass "harp" strings (though a few do) – the "harp arm" is enough.
Knutsen’s harp mandolin family comes in four basic body shapes:
"Lower Bass Point," "Lower Treble Point," "Guitar-shaped" and "Guitar-shaped, Lower Bass Point." The terms "treble" and "bass" refer to which side the pointed flare is on (rather than "right or left") to cover both right- and left-handed instruments.
"Lower Treble Point" (the first specimen has sub-bass strings)
"Guitar-shaped, Lower Bass Point" (the first 4 specimens have sub-bass strings)
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Mysterious Five-Course Harp Mandola
Another Knutsen-Dyer Connection?
Additional harp mandolins without images are listed in the Inventory.
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