Prairie State Larson Custom Archtop guitar – U.S.A. – 1939

Prairie State Larson Custom Archtop guitar - The Guitar Database


Acoustic Hollow Body Archtop guitar


Solid spruce top, maple back and sides, maple neck

Ebony fretboard


The 1939 Larson Custom was an archtop guitar bent with the signature technique of the Larson brothers and had a solid wood headstock inlaid with mother-of-pearl and abalone. The fingerboard was also decorated with inlays.
It’s a beautiful instrument to behold for its decorated soundhole, violin-shaped maple body and mother-of-pearl decorations, but the interior is the most impressive part of the Larson Custom: a unique pattern of X-shaped bracings, whose top vocal bar consisted of three layers (spruce, mahogany and spruce again). The instrument was strong enough to produce a bluesy sound what was unusual for a pre-war acoustic guitar. The soundhole was also reinforced with solid spruce vocal bars. The neck is connected to the body with a metal pin to transfer the tension from the neck to the body. The Larson guitars are different from other instruments by their exceptional bracing construction.

Last updated on 27 April 2020
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