August Gerhard Almcrantz Double Neck Guitar, ca. 1895 (modified 1931)

12-String, Acoustic, Spruce and rosewood body, rosewood and maple necks with ebony fret boards, brass and nickel-plated tuning keys with pearl and bakelite tuning pegs, ebony and aluminum bridge with nickel-plated saddle, and chrome-plated brass neck rods.

August Gerhard Almcrantz received the first U.S. patent for an American double-neck harp guitar in July 1895.  His guitar’s design utilizes two necks that share a common dovetailed heel and a permanently joined headstock, like Hans J. Hansen’s earlier patent from 1891. Letritia Kandle discovered this guitar in a music shop window.  Her father eventually purchased it for her sixteenth birthday in 1931.  The original instrument was converted to a Hawaiian raised-nut guitar that uses a standard neck and a twelve-string neck that was capable of different tunings.  Kandle’s father added three additional nickel-plated brass-tuning keys with Bakelite tuning pegs.