1904 Larson Maurer 541. SN unknown. Guitar Database.

Maurer | 541 | 1904 | SN:unknown

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Luthier Facts :
Name: Larson
Location: Chicago

Wait list: No longer in production
RIYL: Larson Brothers are considered to have built excellent guitars during the prewar Golden period of Martin and Gibson guitars.
Note: (RIYL) Recommended If You Like

  • Model: 541
  • Serial no: unknown
  • Year: 1904
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and sides: Mahogany
  • Headstock: slotted
  • Headstock inlay: 3 patterned
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Lower bout width: 13 5/8″
  • Depth: 3 3/8″



  • Robert Hartman, grandson of Carl Larson, and author of, The Larsons’ Creations – Guitars And Mandolins, the definitive book on the subject described the guitar as follows:

    “This instrument is one of the few Larsons that has mahogany sides along with a rosewood back and spruce top, the same features seen in a 3/4 size guitar Carl Larson gave to his son. The result of this collaboration is a cross between the sound of an all rosewood or all mahogany back and sides instrument. It has no serial number, which also leads me to believe it was a special order guitar.

    It has been refinished in the past to a beautiful matte finish. There are a few repaired top and back cracks, as well as a couple of repaired dings in the top and back. The bridge is not original but of the Larson style and appears quite old and stable. There is a small amount of bellying behind the bridge – again stable. Additional support was added under the bridge between the laminated X bracing. The V at the butt end was replaced with wood and the uppermost pearl peghead inlay is not original but looks very nice.

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    The neck has been re-set and the guitar plays quite easily. At some time in the past the frets have been replaced and are in good shape as is the ebony fingerboard. The fingerboard binding has two replaced areas, and one area on the back was added to match the original multi-ply binding.

    It measure 13 5/8 at the lower bout and is 3 and 3/8 deep. It plays very well and sounds as wonderful as you would expect from a Larson Brothers guitar.

    Guitar has spent most of it’s life with me in a hardshell case in a properly humidified smoke free room. It sounds exceptional. I am selling because I recently purchased another larger size Larson Brothers guitar. Here’s an opportunity to own an exceptional and rare Larson Brothers guitar that due to the refinish and minor repairs has it selling for much less than the price of an all original Larson.”


    © Tim (used with permission)


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