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justonwo 10-05-2019 05:01 PM

Build Thread: New Era Maurer 000-12 Adi/Koa
 
There aren't too many builders out there that make recreations of the old Larson Brothers guitars. Tony Klassen of New Era is one of the few. Although the wood combinations are a little atypical for the Larsons, he's going after that classic Larson sound. We'll be using laminated braces and the guitar will be "built under tension" just like the originals. The only modification from the original design will be a slightly deeper body to keep the guitar from sounding boxy.

We'll be doing quite a bit of pearl inlay. This will get the "Style 8" treatment.

Design: 000-12
Top: Adirondack spruce
Back and sides: Koa
Neck: Laminated with carbon fiber rods
Scale: 25.5"
Nut: 1 3/4"
Saddle: 2 5/16"
Bridge and fingerboard: Ebony
Laminated braces

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/New_Era_Maurer_001.jpg

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/New_Era_Maurer_002.jpg

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/New_Era_Maurer_003.jpg

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/New_Era_Maurer_004.jpg

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/New_Era_Maurer_005.jpg

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/New_Era_Maurer_006.jpg

iim7V7IM7 10-05-2019 05:06 PM

Look forward to watching this one come together...:up:

Deft Tungsman 10-05-2019 05:45 PM

Beautiful koa, dude. You rock.

colins 10-06-2019 01:30 AM

Congratulations, and nice to see another koa guitar being luthiered.

With this and the Circa coming in I worry about whether you will have space restrictions Juston. If you do run low on space, well I'm here to help....

jt1 10-06-2019 04:32 AM

Beautiful!
Is that a cloud pickguard I see drawn on the form?

TomB'sox 10-06-2019 07:10 AM

When you get a chance, can you explain a little bit about being "built under tension"? Thanks.

Mr. Jelly 10-06-2019 09:36 AM

Thanks for rubbing it in. :)

jt1 10-06-2019 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6179877)
When you get a chance, can you explain a little bit about being "built under tension"? Thanks.

That's Larsonesque for significantly radiused tops and backs.

You can read more about the Larsons' building style here, a reproduction of my Fretboard Journal about the brothers and their instruments.

justonwo 10-06-2019 12:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TomB'sox (Post 6179877)
When you get a chance, can you explain a little bit about being "built under tension"? Thanks.

It means the built their guitars with a substantial arch to the top and back, which I suppose means they forced both under tension. I assume they added the arch by bracing on a dished table, but JT probably knows more. I wonder how this compares to what Laurent Brondel and Stefan Sobell do on their guitars?

John Thomas, is there also a lengthwise arch to the back? Are the top and back domed or laterally arched?

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...xfXVk_8KsAUKKF

justonwo 10-06-2019 12:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jt1 (Post 6179828)
Beautiful!
Is that a cloud pickguard I see drawn on the form?

It is. Not sure if Iíll go for one, but maybe! They are so cool.

bho 10-06-2019 01:17 PM

I love Tony Klassenís passion for authenticity, impeccable craftsmanship, and awesome tone. Will watch this one with interest!

jt1 10-06-2019 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 6180098)
It means the built their guitars with a substantial arch to the top and back, which I suppose means they forced both under tension. I assume they added the arch by bracing on a dished table, but JT probably knows more. I wonder how this compares to what Laurent Brondel and Stefan Sobell do on their guitars?

John Thomas, is there also a lengthwise arch to the back? Are the top and back domed or laterally arched?

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...xfXVk_8KsAUKKF

Mainly laterally arched, with a bit of longitudinal arch, too. So, sort of domed. But, then, the example I'm inspecting right now is 100 years old and, like me, may have lost some of its shape with age.

jt1 10-06-2019 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 6180110)
It is. Not sure if Iíll go for one, but maybe! They are so cool.

The inlaid cloud pickguard improves tone by 11.686 %.


justonwo 10-06-2019 02:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jt1 (Post 6180150)
The inlaid cloud pickguard improves tone by 11.686 %.


Beautifully played, my friend.

jt1 10-06-2019 02:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 6180165)
Beautifully played, my friend.

Thank you, kind sir!

chippygreen 10-06-2019 10:21 PM

This is looking great! I can't wait to see that Koa under finish - it already looks alive in its unfinished state!

jt1 10-07-2019 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 6180165)
Beautifully played, my friend.

Better image of the tone-enhancing pickguard:

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...6e&oe=5E219E14

The pickguard is inlaid into the top, which is the thinnest guitar top I've ever encountered. Those Larson boys were unique and talented.

justonwo 10-07-2019 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jt1 (Post 6181062)
Better image of the tone-enhancing pickguard:

https://scontent.fbed1-1.fna.fbcdn.n...6e&oe=5E219E14

The pickguard is inlaid into the top, which is the thinnest guitar top I've ever encountered. Those Larson boys were unique and talented.

Yeah, Iíve always loved that cloud pickguard. So unique and cool. I may just do it. I wonder if Tony will inlay it into the top!?

jt1 10-07-2019 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 6181099)
Yeah, Iíve always loved that cloud pickguard. So unique and cool. I may just do it. I wonder if Tony will inlay it into the top!?

He must. As Tony well knows, just having the cloud pickguard in the same room as a guitar improves the guitar's tone by 3.687 %. Gluing the pickguard to the finished top improves tone by 7.897 %. Inlaying the pickguard, as we all know, improves tone by 11.686 %. No rational luthier would resist inlaying a cloud pickguard.

OK, I know Tony well. He's not often rational, but if you strike at the right moment ...

gitarro 10-07-2019 07:38 PM

Justonwo will you be having the steel rod running from neck block to tail block that the Larson brothers sometimes used? (Substituted for carbon fiber I suppose)

justonwo 10-07-2019 08:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gitarro (Post 6181181)
Justonwo will you be having the steel rod running from neck block to tail block that the Larson brothers sometimes used? (Substituted for carbon fiber I suppose)

Negative. I believe that was the Prairie State guitars for the most part. I donít like the look and Iíve heard they arenít the best tonally. This will be like the 20s Larsons except no 1 7/8Ē nut.

ericcsong 10-08-2019 08:17 AM

looking great Juston! Will you adopt me if I buy a mahogany guitar? :D

wezzywest 10-08-2019 09:04 AM

Really looking forward to this build, if it is as good as the Fairbanks KGal the we are in for a treat. Cheers.

justonwo 10-08-2019 10:02 PM

How about this to go with the style 8 theme?

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/cloud_with_inlay.jpeg

jt1 10-09-2019 04:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 6182026)
How about this to go with the style 8 theme?

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/cloud_with_inlay.jpeg

I Love it!

Jimmy Caldwell 10-09-2019 07:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 6182026)
How about this to go with the style 8 theme?

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/cloud_with_inlay.jpeg

It's perfect!

SJ VanSandt 10-09-2019 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by justonwo (Post 6182026)
How about this to go with the style 8 theme?

http://jus-tone.com/misc/NewEra/cloud_with_inlay.jpeg

A vine growing up into a cloud? Juston and the beanstalk?

jt1 10-09-2019 01:03 PM

It's one of my favorites of the Larson Brothers inlays.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.yuku...b230894140.jpg

cigarfan 10-12-2019 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jt1 (Post 6180150)
The inlaid cloud pickguard improves tone by 11.686 %.


Love it John :up:

You sure that wasn't 11.7%?

jt1 10-12-2019 10:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cigarfan (Post 6184821)
Love it John :up:

You sure that wasn't 11.7%?

Thank you, kind sir!


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