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Old 04-12-2017, 02:18 PM
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Default Lawrence K Brown - Guitar Builder in Asheville, NC

I ran across a reference to this luthier, and since I was not familiar with him, I researched him on the web.

It looks like he has built over 2,000 stringed acoustic instruments to date (including many guitars), but I can not find a single reference to him on this site. How is this possible?

Luthier Larry Brown has made 2,000 lutes, violas, more
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Looks like his main focus is building lutes, not guitars...

Larry Brown likes lutes. He's probably made more of them than anyone in the history of lute making since the Renaissance, around 1,300 or so. He also makes violins, violas, reproductions of antique instruments and more...
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Looks like his main focus is building lutes, not guitars...

Larry Brown likes lutes. He's probably made more of them than anyone in the history of lute making since the Renaissance, around 1,300 or so. He also makes violins, violas, reproductions of antique instruments and more...
It looks like he also builds a decent number of flat top guitars, and maybe specialized in L-00 reproductions? The pics below are from his Facebook page. Nice bursts! (Oh, and he clearly uses a bolt-on neck )

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Looks like a lot of guitars for one guy!
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I have one of his incoming that I picked up from the classifieds so I will post a NGD thread.
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He has also built some LG-2 styles in the past as well.
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He does a pretty burst too. And only an hour or so from me....
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I have seen one of his D-28 style guitars. It was pretty nice.
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It looks like he also builds a decent number of flat top guitars, and maybe specialized in L-00 reproductions? The pics below are from his Facebook page. Nice bursts! (Oh, and he clearly uses a bolt-on neck )

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Just picked up one of these L00's second hand. Really cool guitar and an amazing value for the money. Not only is it a bolt on neck. It's fully adjustable. Not glued to the top at all. Styled more like an Archtop neck. The neck bolt has three jobs. Not only does it hold the neck on, it's also a strap button and you can raise and lower the action/ neck angle by turning it with your fingers. No need to ever mess with the saddle. Oh, it sounds great too.
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He has written a number of articles for the Guild of American Luthiers on building lutes, and they're really quite good reading. They're collected in the GAL Red Books (collections of their articles into large volumes) and they're of benefit to potential builders for certain.
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Thought about getting one of Larry's LG-2 builds myself but I realized I have all I need for now. Maybe some day.
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My wife has a couple of his lutes

Gorgeous instruments
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I live about 20 minutes from him....may have to pay a visit to his shop!!
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Anyone know the price on his LG-2's? They look really good.
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One sold about a week ago for around a lil north of 1k. He post to this FB group frequently and you can reach him on there.

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