Larson Maurer | 551 | 1926 |
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- Model: 551
- Year: 1926
- Top: Red spruce
- Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Lower bout 15″ approx.
- Rosette: Marquetry
- Backstrip: Marquetry
- Purfling: Abalone
- Nut width: 1 7/8”
- Twelfth fret width:2 5/16”
This is an example of a prewar Maurer 551 guitar with the Spruce/Brazilian rosewood tonewoods and marquetry purfling. The Brazilian has some nice figure and it is in good condition with just some minor repair work.
The prior owner Keith has this to say about the guitar: “This is a Larson Brothers Maurer X braced 551 model (similar to an OM size). The top is Adirondack spruce and the back and sides are beautiful Brazilian rosewood. The fingerboard and bridge are both ebony. The tuners are the reverse gear style.
I don’t see any number markings anywhere on the instrument. Except PAT. JULY 12,1904. This guitar is in very good plus condition for it’s age. The guitar has some play wear from over the years.
The guitar has been very nicely refinished on the back and sides. There are a few cracks on the back that have all been nicely repaired. There are two longer cracks near the waist and a few also going vertical going toward the center.
All of those are very tight and barely go through the wood. There is a hairline crack on the heel of the neck. It looks very tight. The bridge looks like a replica replacement, but I can’t be sure. There are three filled hole on the bottom around the strap button where it looks like someone had a trapeze tailpiece.
The guitar has a killer sound for such a little guitar. The intonation is near perfection up and down the fingerboard. The strings are positioned wider so, it makes it super easy to play finger-style on it. The neck is a large V-shape and the action is 1/8” at the 12th fret on the 6th string. The nut width is 1-15/16”. The scale is 25-1/2”. This guitar comes in it’s original case with green lining.”
Pictures kind courtesy of Keith.
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