The Larsons' Creations: Guitars and Mandolins

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(Guitar). This book is an account of two brothers who were premier producers of stringed instruments in the early part of this century. Swedish immigrant cabinet makers Carl and August Larson made instruments under the brand names of Maurer, Prairie State, Euphonon, W.J. Dyer & Bro., Wm. C. Stahl, and under their own name, and their highly collectible creations are considered today to be some of the finest ever made. Lovingly researched and written by Robert Hartman, grandson of Carl Larson, The Larsons' Creations contains many beautiful ...

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Overview

(Guitar). This book is an account of two brothers who were premier producers of stringed instruments in the early part of this century. Swedish immigrant cabinet makers Carl and August Larson made instruments under the brand names of Maurer, Prairie State, Euphonon, W.J. Dyer & Bro., Wm. C. Stahl, and under their own name, and their highly collectible creations are considered today to be some of the finest ever made. Lovingly researched and written by Robert Hartman, grandson of Carl Larson, The Larsons' Creations contains many beautiful color photos of these artful instruments, classic advertisements and catalogs, and a CD featuring guitarist Muriel Anderson playing 11 songs on 11 Larson instruments. Includes 16 pages of full-color photos!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574242126
  • Publisher: Centerstream Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: Centennial
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,502,178
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents


Dedication     3
Acknowledgments     4
Preface     8
The Histories     9
Introducing the Larson Brothers     10
The Guitar in America     16
The Harp Guitar in America     17
Remembering Michael Hedges     21
"Mandolins in Milwaukee" by Paul Ruppa, a history     22
Prominent Players and Their Larsons     29
Mainstream America     30
Les Paul Meets the Larsons     30
Bob Dylan / Johnny Cash     33
Jimi Hendrix Unplugged     34
Lloyd Perryman - The Sons of the Pioneers     38
WLS Radio - Chicago     40
Gene Autry     44
Patsy Montana     48
WJJD Radio - Chicago     53
Celebrity Quotes     55
Chapter 3
The Larsons' Creations - General Information On Their Craft
Larsons' Innovations     58
Telltale Construction Traits     58
One-of-a-Kind and Very Rare Instruments     66
Soundhole Sizes     67
The Woods     68
Body Design     69
Bracing     69
Laminations     71
Neck Support Inserts     71
The Finishing     72
Larson inlays     73
Tree-of-Life Fingerboard     75
More General Information
Production Totals     76
Serial Numbers     78
Guitar Variations     91
Mandolin Variations     91
The Larson Sound     92
The Larson Traits and Other Brands
Regal Manufacturing Co., Indianapolis     95
Kaai Ukeleles     98
L. H. Leland Mandolins     100
H. F. Meyers Guitar and Mandolin     103
C. Bruno & Son     106
Mayflower Brand     112
Bradbury Brand     115
Southern California Music Co.     116
Chapter 4
The Maurer & Co. Story 1900 to c. 1924     117
The Champion and Maurer Brands     124
The Knutsen Brand     136
The Dyer Brand     145
The Stetson Brand     159
The Stahl Brand     161
Chapter 5
The Instruments c. 1925 to c. 1934     173
Maurer & Co.     174
Prairie State     178
Wm. C. Stahl     183
Chapter 6
The Instruments c. 1934 to 1944     187
Euphonon/Maurer     188
Prairie State      204
Wm. C. Stahl     210
Chapter 7
Catalogs and Patents
Robert Maurer, Special Price List 1890-91     214
Bruno Catalog Insert 1912-13     221
Wm. C. Stahl Catalog c. 1912     223
Stetson Catalog page, 1923     236
Maurer Canadian Distributor Catalog page, 1928     237
Maurer/Prairie State Catalog c. 1932     238
W. J. Dyer & Bro. Musical Merchndise Catalog, 1939     250
August Larson Patents     252
The CD - The Artists and Instruments
Gregg Miner     268
Jim Kanas     269
Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra     270
Kraig Kenning     271
Carl Robert Hartman     272
Joe Weed     273
Stephen Bennett     274
Robert Bowlin     275
Stacy Hobbs     276
Muriel Anderson     278
Felix Pappalardi and Mountain     279
Jimi Hendrix Unplugged     279
CD Track List     280
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