Larson Brothers 00 size, extremely rare presentation grade model 593, the Maurer top-of-the line. In 1900, the Larson's bought the rights to the name Maurer from its founder, Robert Maurer. They built exceptionally beautiful instruments, including this extremely rare presentation grade model 593, the Maurer top-of-the line. There are very few Model 593s in existence and it is exactly like the one played on the Tone Poems CD by the legendary guitarist, Tony Rice.
The body size is the same as a Martin 00 with the exception of being considerably thinner, a non-intuitive spec, but one that contributes an extra dimension to the sound. The other difference is the 25 ⅛" scale length, compared to the Martin 00's 24 ¾". This is another contributor to the Larson quality. The Larsons built their guitars heavier than Martin, with stronger laminated braces, and more, yet that was compensated for by the longer scale and by their other specialty, increased dome to the top. The top of the guitar is constructed of tight grained spruce, the back and sides are Brazilian rosewood and the neck is mahogany. Being the top-of-the=line model, it has fabulous pearl inlay: the Tree of Life vine on the fretboard, matching florals on the peghead, an abalone purfling running around the body and soundhole, and engraved stars on the bridge.
This guitar is in excellent playing condition, with some pick wear on the top near the bridge and one professionally repaired crack on the treble side. The bridge has been shaved and the saddle is low but it plays easily and intonates perfectly. The sound is woody, powerful, loud and clear and distinctive. It feels like you're playing a whole orchestra!