With the arrival of the swing era in the late '20s and into the '30's, American guitar makers shifted their designs to a more modern style, adding a couple of frets beyond the body and narrowing the necks. The Larson brothers were quick to fit in with their "Euphonon" brand. This one comes right at the beginning, around 1933, with the older "Maurer" brand and the more modern "Euphonon" specs. It's their 16", small jumbo body with a wonderfully slim neck. As always, they kept some of their key elements such as the laminated braces, narrow depth body, and domed top construction.
This was a yard sale find years ago, but with a twist: on the same day another of the same model was also found in a yard sale in the same neighborhood. This was $175 while the other was $150. This was in worse shape, and has had some serious restoration done by Chris Berkov: full refinish, with a wide crack splint done in the top, and a new bridge. All else is original. The tone is undiminished, and a is a great example of the best that the Larson brothers came up with?it is truly among the greatest steel string guitars of all time.
Brazilian rosewood back and sides, 3 3/4"? deep at the endpin, pearl-bordered spruce top, pearl inlayed headstock, bridge, and fingerboard.