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This Larsons-built Maurer 595 model has X-bracing and a slightly arched solid spruce top.

This museum-ready flattop was built by a legendary Chicagoan luthier duo.

In the early 20th century, Chicago’s reputation was one of grit, and the city was full of factories, gangsters, and slaughterhouses. But in a small shop on the North Side’s Elm Street, brothers Carl and August Larson built fine acoustic instruments under a variety of brand names, including ornate statement pieces like this Maurer 595.

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