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Robert Carl Hartman
The Larsons' Creations: Guitars and Mandolins

The Larsons were pioneers in building steel string flat-top guitars using their inventive ideas that produced some of the strongest guitar bodies ever made.  They built steel string guitars throughout their careers which spanned almost the entire first half of the 20th century, 1900-1944.  Their little two-man custom shop produced a vast array of hand-made instrument designs, styles and sizes from 12" parlor guitars to 21" super-jumbos.  During the early part of their careers they built at least four styles of harp guitars.  The most famous of these was made for W. J. Dyer and Bro. along with the complementary harp mandolins, harp mandolas and harp mandocellos.  They also supplied Wm. C. Stahl with guitars, harp guitars and a full line of mandolin orchestra instruments as well as maintaining their own variety of house brands. The Larsons creations have become a large part of the history of guitar-making in America and are considered by many to be pieces of American art!

  The accompanying CD features Muriel Anderson, 1989 National Fingerpicking Champion, describing and playing a selected group of 11 Larson instruments including various sized guitars, a Dyer harp guitar, a Dyer harp mandolin, other mandolins and a rare Stahl octave mandolin.  About the Artist

  Learn about an array of mandolin styles and mandolin orchestra instruments along with their tunings.

  Interviews with Les Paul, George Gruhn, Marc Silber, Dave Portman, Walter K. Bauer and other performers, collectors, and friends of the Larsons.

  See photos and accounts of W.L.S. Barn Dance performers with Larson made instruments. Gene Autry, Patsy Montana, etc., covering 20 pages!

  Information that is vital to identifying the Larsons' products.

  Stahl catalog included along with the Maurer/Prairie State catalog and August Larson's patents!

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