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Purchased in Paris, France!

Yes folks it is a Knutsen, but the fingerboard and finish aren't original. The "dogbone" bridge and the peghead shape are classic Chris Knutsen, and the brass Waverly tuners (with four of the six buttons replaced) pretty much preclude it being a French copy. French Hawaiian guitars don't look anything like this anyway. From all the features on it (bridge, peghead shape, body style and decoration) and guess it was made in Tacoma around 1912, give or take a year or two, before Chris Knutsen moved to L.A., met Herman Weissenborn and came up with the "New Hawaiian Family" of acoustic steels with open sub-bass strings and sometimes open soprano strings on the top. Given the usual quality (?) of Chris' workmanship, tune 'em to pitch and run like hell! Originally this would've had a simple koa, walnut or rosewood fingerboard with dots, and it probably wouldn't have had that extension on the treble side. This looks like it's fairly closely related to the little Knutsen tenor Hawaiian guitar on p. 105 of Tom Noe's Knutsen book. It's probably worth pointing out that Knutsen was so inconsistent that it's hard to find two of his steels that look exactly alike. (He did a little better with the Dyer harp guitars, but that was because he was building those to a pattern.) The fingerboard looks like it could have been put on in France, not Washington. The case is a bit rough and not original but usable. The top is voiced to a D. When tuned to open D it is just huge in sound and bajo killer for sure. Call for pricing and shipping