Knutsen "Spanish" Convertible Hawaiian Guitar    

Well, you could have "knocked me down with a feather."  Discovered in 2007, this is the first "normal" (standard) 6-string Knutsen guitar known. 
The owner says that the frets are small and almost flush, but it does intonate and play OK.  Because of the frets, he wonders if it was played lap style - even though it has a standard nut (original or not?....).
Date is unknown, as it only has remnants of Knutsen's crude typewriter-made label.

Unfortunately, this instrument now makes suspect any "convertible" Spanish-shaped Knutsen guitars known only from a front view!

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(images copyright Aaron Richards)

Knutsen Archives Inventory Number

S1

                 Category

Spanish Guitars

                 Body Style

"Spanish"

                 Current or last known owner

Aaron Richards

                 Year (approx)

unknown

                 Label

"typewriter" remnant

                 Label Code na

                 Courses / Strings

6 strings

                 Frets

metal
                 Scale length 25"
                 Neck Joint heel

Woods

Top

spruce

Back & Sides

mahogany

Neck

mahogany

Fingerboard

unknown

Bridge

mahogany

Headstock veneer none

Binding, trim

Top

rope

Back

none

Fingerboard

2 inlaid wood stripes

Headstock(s)

none

Soundhole rope

                 Inlay

dot fret markers

                 Pickguard

none

Dimensions Upper Bout 9 1/2"
Lower Bout 14 7/8"
Body at endpin  

                 Comments

 

 

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