1928 Stahl Style 8

$5500 USD ($7507.5 CAD)
The concert-sized, Larson-built Stahl features a body of Brazilian rosewood and Eastern spruce with intricate pearl and half-herringbone purflings and rosette, and pearl headstock and fingerboard inlays. It’s an amazingly ornate instrument, with trimmings similar to Martin’s Style 41, but with a Style 45-like headstock treatment. The Style 7 and 8 instruments are often overlapping in their design specifications and, as so few exist, the differentiation between these two highest-end Larson models is unclear at best. We’re likely safe to call this guitar a style 8 due to its headstock inlays, however it is otherwise quite similar to their Style 7 designation.

The guitar is exquisite and in excellent playing condition. Apart from a fairly extensive area of playwear on the top that has been carefully sealed with a thin French Polish, the guitar is largely original and without flaw. Its neck has recently been cleanly reset, the frets are nicely dressed, and the set-up was just finished up here at Folkway using the original nut and new bone saddle. Original tuners, bridge, pins, finish, and bridgeplate. No internal repairs to speak of, but there is one cleanly repaired top crack and some neck wear caused by an ancient capo to report on.

The guitar measures 13.5” wide and is dimensionally similar to a Martin 0-size 12 fret. It has a powerful voice with lots of mid-range push, excellent articulation and a clean fundamental. It can handle a heavy right-hand attack, too.

Rounded C-shaped neck carve, 1-7/8” nut width, 2-5/16” at the saddle, 24.9” scale.

With original hardshell case