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1930 Prairie State 15 Inch Brazilian/Adirondack Red
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Status
Sold
Brand
Larson Brothers Guitars
Product Year
1930
Model
15 Inch
Serial #
452
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
1239
Condition
Very Good to Excellent, Master Luthier Bill Tippin performed minor restoration including recreating the bridge and reversing previous bridge work, two thin top splices, removed non-original pickguard, refretted and dressed fingerboard. Playability is excellent! The Back and sides have no cracks, finish appears to be original but for the bridge area touch-up. Overall this is a very clean 1930 Prairie State.
Body Type(s)
Small, 000
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - Adirondack (Red)
Neck Wood
Mahogany - 3 Piece
Bridge
Ebony
Top Trim
Abalone
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ivoroid
Fret Markers
Custom
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Inlay
Torch
Body Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuners
Original
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.88 in
Upper Bout
10.5 in
Lower Bout
15 in
Body Depth Heel
2.75 in
Body Depth Tail
3.25 in
Scale Length
25.5 in
Scale Length (mm)
647.7 mm
Nut Width
1.88 in
Nut Width (mm)
47.6 mm
String Spacing
2.25 in
String Spacing (mm)
57.2 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Geib Style
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Description

The Larson Brothers created some of the real treasures in the vintage guitar world. Their guitars from the 1920s and 1930s have a distinctive bluesy sound that comes from their unique bracing and structural designs. In addition they were known for beautiful adornments as you'll see on this rare 1930 guitar. This guitar is the smaller 15" model and is crafted from Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack Red Spruce inside it is stamped January 11, 1930. We received it from the family that owned for the majority of its life. Master luthier Bill Tippin did minor restoration work to bring this one back to it's full potential. It has a powerful small body sound that inspires you to reach into the repertoire of Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Ramblin' Thomas and work the fingerboard. This is a very rare and collectible Prairie State guitar, but it's also infinitely playable and has a lot of music to make still.

I have long been enamored with Larson Brothers instruments, they have a wonderful twang that seems perfectly suited for blues music. This is one of those real-deal guitars from the period when many of the blues classic were penned. This is also a very handsome Prairie State guitar with a slotted headstock adorned with Abalone inlay, the fingerboard showcases gorgeous inlays and the top is bordered with Abalone trimmed with half herringbone. The body, neck and headstock are all bound as well. This guitar plays perfectly, thanks to Bill Tippin's setup, and is ready for another 80 years of playin' the blues. The neck is chunky and invites you to dig in. The tone is twangy, throaty and powerful. The notes really fire out and the voice is quintessential small body blues. Don't miss an opportunity to own this rare and collectible vintage Prairie State 15".
 
This is a great sounding guitar and it's been set up for serious playing.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
NUT WIDTH 1.88 in
STRING SPACING 2.25 in
WOODS SPRUCE - ADIRONDACK (RED),
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

The Larson Brothers created some of the real treasures in the vintage guitar world. Their guitars from the 1920s and 1930s have a distinctive bluesy sound that comes from their unique bracing and structural designs.
 

I have long been enamored with Larson Brothers instruments, they have a wonderful twang that seems perfectly suited for blues music. This is one of those real-deal guitars from the period when many of the blues classic were penned.
 
This is a great sounding guitar and it's been set up for serious playing.
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