1920’s Larson Bros Dyer Symphony Harp Guitar. SN 896. Guitar Database.

Larson Dyer | Symphony Harp Guitar | 1920’s | SN:896

1920's Larson Bros Dyer Symphony Harp Guitar. SN 896. Guitar Database.

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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 peroid of Martin and Gibson guitars.
Note: (RIYL) Recommended If You Like

1920's Larson Bros Dyer Symphony Harp Guitar. SN 896. Guitar Database.


  • Model: Symphony Harp Guitar Style 5
  • Year: 1920’s
  • Top:  Spruce
  • Back and sides: Likely Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Body Length: 42″
  • Lower Bout: 15 5/8
  • Nut width: 1 13/16″
  • Bridge: Ebony

1920's Larson Bros Dyer Symphony Harp Guitar. SN 896. Guitar Database.

1920's Larson Bros Dyer Symphony Harp Guitar. SN 896. Guitar Database.

This is a really nice example of a Larson Brothers built Dyer Harp guitar. The 6 sub bass strings provide an extra dimension to a player’s repertoire- Stephen Bennet is a fan!

The prior owner has this to say about this guitar “Neck width at nut 1 13/16 and 2 1/4inches at the 12th fret. String height over the 12th fret at low E is 3/32 and at the high E 1/8 of an inch. New Waverly bronze three on a plate tuners on head stock. Six original friction tuners with new buttons on sub bass side.

Sub bass nut posts are new. Bridge pins are new custom made with abalone eyes. New ivroid binding and about one third of the wood purfling has been replaced. The top is spruce and has three cracks that have been repaired with thin splints on the sub bass arm. There are three short cracks near the purfling at the bottom of the face that have been stabilized.

The back and sides are mahogany and cracks are present in both sides and the back. There are a total of 11 cracks most of them are tight to slightly separated and range in length from10 inches to 1 inch and have been stabilized with hot hide glue, except the 10 inch one that was repaired with super glue before my ownership. No cleats were used on the inside of the guitar. Both headstocks have numerous checks in the veneer. The back of the neck has capo marks.  The top, back and sides display rubs, scratches,dings,pips,blotches ,booboos, ouches, scars and insults, just what I like from an old instrument, especially one that has a sound that  can shake your heart and spark your other stuff”
1920's Larson Bros Dyer Symphony Harp Guitar. SN 896. Guitar Database.

1920's Larson Bros Dyer Symphony Harp Guitar. SN 896. Guitar Database.

1920's Larson Bros Dyer Symphony Harp Guitar. SN 896. Guitar Database.

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