This Maurer guitar is a variation of the Larson Brothers style 487, and is truly a "parlor guitar" in every sense. It's date of manufacture was estimated to be c.1918 by Robert Carl Hoffman, author of "The Larsons' Creations, Guitars and Mandolins" and an authority on these instruments. This little ladder-braced wonder features a spruce top and oak back & sides; there were a small number of guitars built under the Maurer name using oak mainly between 1915 and the early 1930's. The style 487 would typically have had pearl dot inlays, but this instrument features fancier inlay cuts and a bound peghead as well. There is evidence that a tailpiece was added to the guitar and then removed at some point. The pyramid bridge is a nicely made replacement. This would make an excellent guitar for fingerstyle or old-time players...demo video coming soon!