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Les Paul and Mary Ford (top left)
with Les' "Clunkers" - Mary's has
a Larson-made fretboard. Johnny
Cash (above) plays his Larson
onstage, circa 1964. Bob Dylan
(left) with a Larson in late '60s.

blues and country music
encouraged a fascination
with old instruments, most
notably guitars made by
Martin along with banjos
by Gibson and Fairbanks/
Vega. Discerning players
began noticing high-grade
guitars with obscure names
like Maurer and Euphonon.
Musician/collector Marc
Silber was one of the first
to recognize that some of
these puzzlingly branded
guitars were made by the
same hands. Luthier Jon
Lundberg, who moved from
Chicago to Berkeley, California, along with Mike Seeger
and Tom Paley of The New
Lost City Ramblers, were
also coming to the same conclusions. Along with other
early collectors and dealers
like Harry West, George
Gruhn, and Dave Portman,
they began avidly seeking
these "mystery" guitars
which, unlike plain Martins
or Gibsons, could be spotted
only by a trained eye.

Even as enigmas, Larson
instruments could show up in
well-known hands. One documented Larson story concerns
Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and
a jumbo Larson flat-top. When
Cash and Dylan performed at
the '64 Newport Folk Festival,
Cash gave his Larson to Dylan as
a tribute/gift. Dylan was pictured
with it during his Woodstock
period, but it then disappeared.
Years later, Cash noted "I'd like
to find another one like it."
Jon Lundberg is often tied to
the brothers' story as a postscript,
as he was one of the first to actively seek Larson instruments,
many of which he converted to
flat-tops or rebuilt using his own
bridge designs. This may seem
sacrilegious today, but was common at the time. Archtops were
little-valued in the folk world, and

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