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1926 Maurer Model 562

Serial # 31779. The Maurer 562 was a lavishly appointed 'standard' sized guitar, second only to the model 585 in trimmings. The guitar features pearl and half herringbone top bindings and rosette, engraved pearl fingerboard and bridge inlays, and abalone floral headstock appointments. The body, soundhole, fingerboard and headstock all feature ivoroid bindings, and the guitar's bridge pins and tuner buttons are ivoroid to match. From the hand-engraved Waverly tuning machines to the heavy celluloid end-graft this guitar was designed with extravagance in mind.

Larson-built Best Grade guitars featured laminated top braces, Brazilian rosewood back and sides, and the finest selection of materials available. It's quite easy to fall in love with one of these, should you be lucky enough to find one.

This particular instrument is handily the finest Larson-built guitar we've ever encountered. It was purchased from the family of its local long-time owner, and has very obviously been well cared for. It is completely original but for a new saddle, and is without cracks or repairs. Not a single loose brace, original bridge and plate have never been repaired or modified, the original finish is in impeccable condition, the nut has never been off the guitar, frets are perfect, and the tuners are in excellent shape. Beyond that, Folkway's Mark Stutman has just finished the guitar's neck reset and set-up, and the instrument plays as flawlessly as it presents. To find a Larson that has survived the years in this kind of condition is something of a miracle.

A beguiling guitar to play, the 562's voice belies its small size. At 12-3/4" wide, the guitar is smaller than most, but its warmth and rich mid-range presence is stunning. It-s tone is cohesive and balanced, with overtones and fundamentals working beautifully together. A fuller and more robust sounding small guitar would be hard to find.

1-7/8" nut, rounded neck with substantial feel, roughly 24.5" scale length. 2-5/16" string spread at the bridge, 12" fingerboard radius, set up with Monel light strings (12-54), and an action of 5/64ths.

With period case.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

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