J.F. Stetson Parlor guitar – U.S.A. – 1915


Acoustic Hollow Body Parlor guitar


X-bracing, inlays

Spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck

Ebony fretboard


This parlor guitar is designed by J.F. Stetson and was distributed by W.J. Dyer & Bro. from Minnesota. However, this model was produced by the Larson brothers of Maurer & Co. from Chicago, who made many different instruments for Dyer. These Larson guitars were hand crafted and were top quality. They were therefore known for their superior sound quality and longevity.
The Larsons strung in 1904, twenty years before C.F. Martin would do the same, their western guitars with metal strings for the first time. In the US in 1915, when this piece was manufactured, the music, which had been steeped in European tradition throughout the 19th century, had found its unique voice. The guitars also had an unmistakably American style.

Last updated on 5 May 2020
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