Prairie State Style 425, Serial Number 631, Dated May 4, 1931
This is a lovely, well preserved epic guitar built at the height of the Larsons’ careers. It follows the catalog specs for the 15” wide Style 425 which sports the engraved fret markers on bridge, fingerboard and peghead. It has multi-colored purfling around soundhole and border of the high-grade spruce top. The back and sides are book-matched Brazilian rosewood, the back having a distinctive wave in the center section.
This beauty was owned by the same family since 1941 and played lightly by the father and a few of his sons. It has been well cared for during these years as evidenced by the lack of cracks and wear to neck and fingerboard. It is in excellent all-original condition. The top does have some normal finger wear between and below the strings as though it was played fingerstyle most of its existence. The height of the strings is 1/8” at the 12th fret, the scale length is 25 ½” and the nut is a bit under 1 7/8”. Its ebony bridge and hefty ebony fingerboard are features of the Prairie State brand. The 1904 patented laminated top braces and the 1930 patented two-rod system installed to support the body are the other ingredients that make the Prairie State special. It is ready to be played and enjoyed, and it is sure to resound with the classic brilliant Larson sounds that we all love.
It has been housed in a worn soft case which is thought to be original to the guitar.
Priced at $8,000 OBO. PRICE REDUCED TO $7,500
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Maurer brand, Early Euphonon Style, Larson Bros. Guitar, c. 1935
A bright, full and powerful sounding, ladder braced 14 fret-to body Brazilian rosewood guitar with spruce top with the famous Larson sound. It has a lovely balance not lacking in the resounding bass notes. This very rare one was built during the transition period (1933-35) leading to the Euphonons with a solid peghead, laminated X bracing, larger bodies and simpler purfling than seen on this example. This rare purfling consists of four strips of white inside five strips of black and the soundhole rosette having the same complicated pattern.
The body measures 13 7/16” wide, 3 5/8” deep and 1 13/16” at the nut. The extra thick ebony fingerboard has pearl dot markers and position dots in the binding, while the bridge has lovely pearl leaf inlays and a fancy pearl leaf inlay at the top of the peghead. The back and sides are in great condition whereas the top has many professional, stable crack repairs, some having been thinly splinted for stability, as seen in the photos. There is minimal wear to the frets and the setup is AOK-ready-to-play! It is sure to please whether effortlessly played fingerstyle or with a flat-pick. It has a very bold, bright Larson sound and the wonderfully shaped 14 fret to-the-body modern neck. The original tuners have worn gears and have been replaced with exact same style new set. Old tuners included in sale.
Price: $5,500 OBO-Reduced to $3,900!!
With new plush hard case.
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