Knutsen Dyer harp guitar 1901

Knutsen Dyer harp guitar

Knutsen Dyer harp guitar

This is easily enough guitar for two men.

The Dyer Brothers began selling musical instruments in Minnesota during the late 1800s. One of them took a shine to a guitar design by Chris Knutsen — a harp guitar.

They had a luthier called Larson (there must be something Scandinavian about these) begin making the machines in 1901, and continued well into the 1920s.

The harp section consisted of five or six bass drone strings with its own separate arching resonating chamber, all this mounted over a standard guitar.

I only came across these because Michael Hedges used to play one, and now some modern guitar makers are getting into copying the design.

These look like great fun to play, but alas, I imagine the novelty would wear thin pretty soon. Wonderful item to have around the house, though!

Wingert Model E 2007

Wingert Model E 2007