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    Default Larson Prairie State

    Well... I sort of broke my personal rule of "thou shalt not convert and modify historically significant/rare guitars" but I couldn't help myself. In my defense, I'm only aware of one actual left-handed Prairie State or Euphonon in existence (a 1932 Prairie State Tree of Life).

    This week I acquired an early 1930's Larson Prairie State 425. This is the 15" Auditorium model with Brazilian Rosewood back/sides and Adirondack Spruce top. It's currently with Tony Klassen at New Era Guitars to reroute the saddle and replace the nut. I should have it in my hands towards the end of next week but in the meantime here's a pic.

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    OH. YES! Im very happy for you. I wish I could play it or any other Larson Brother guitar. Just holding and hearing one is on my bucket list...... And of course I want make one. Love their aesthetic and innovation. Very cool.


    Sam

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    That's one beauty. Larson Brothers made some very fine guitars. Congratulations!

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    Isn't today the end of the week? Absolutely amazing! I would love to hear sound samples when you get it....

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    "thou shalt not convert and modify historically significant/rare guitars"
    not a personal rule i could live by...who cares? enjoy your great find!

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    awesome find! Enjoy it.

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    Congratulations - Larson Bros. guitars have a sound all their own. I have a 1932 Stahl that is a 0-size which I love. According to Robert Hartmann (a relative of the Larson's), it is braced for lefty. I'm not sure the Prairie State you mentioned was factory lefty; I had Gruhn assess it when it was for sale and he said it was converted - not sure if it was the same guitar.

    In any case, the conversion is pretty straight-forward. If you put a removable pickguard on, it can be completely reversible. Enjoy!
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    Your Stahl is in amazing shape! How long have you had it?

    Here's a picture of the lefty I mentioned. Is this the one Gruhn assessed?
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    Thanks - I've had it for about 5 years, and it is a cool guitar. I think that is the one the Dugald Sturmer owned - he had an amazing collection of guitars including 2 Larsons - I was offered the guitar and Grughn told me it was not factory lefty (pickguard not original, etc.). I can't wait to hear your report on the guitar - does that metal rod have an effect on stability or tone?

    Also, check out Rick ruskin - an amazing player who plays a Stahl with a similar body profile to your new beauty!
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    Holy moly es! I did not know you had a lefty Larson. Would love to behold it. Have you ever taken a pic of bracing thru soundhole? That will confirm if it's lefty. I assume this has the spruce-Braz laminated bracing? Incredible.

    I don't know all the guitars you have, but is this a favorite for you? Do u like/prefer the tone for certain things?

    And how goes the Prairie state, sir Olson!?

    Sam

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