Larson Bros., Guitar, c.1933
A particularly full and strong sounding 12-fret 000-size guitar custom built for Nathalie Trow Whiting (1877-1937). It is illustrated in plate IV of the color section of Robert Hartman?s book about the Larson Brothers. The spruce top has the Larson characteristic laminated X-brace, and flat-pyramid ebony bridge. The figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides with three-ply white/black bindings. The V-shaped mahogany neck has a slotted-head inlaid with N T W (it was common for Larson to put a perfgormer’s initials on the top of the peghead of a custom-ordered guitar) in white celluloid, and ebony fingerboard bound in the typical Larson style with 19 frets total. Overall excellent condition with a few minor glued hairline cracks, recent neck reset and fret service by Dave Strunk. Measurements: 1-3/4″ nut, 25-1/2″ scale, 14-7/8″lower bout, sides depth 4-1/8 to 3-3/16. Older Harptone hard case included. Nathalie was an accomplished guitarist who appeared on early radio broadcasts, and supported
herself and her two sons as a music teacher. Newspaper clippings from Milwaukee mentioned that “Natalie Whiting” performed on WTMJ Radio’s “Journal Want Ad” weekly program there in 1928 and 1929 and gave guitar lessons along with other radio celebrities at a department store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. (Information found on the Chicago Genealogical Society website)
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