c.1939 Super-Jumbo Euphonon, ex-Scott Chinery, attr. Django Reinhardt. This Larson beauty has the standard built-under-tension 19” body comprising of a spruce top, lovely maple back, and maple sides with laminated top braces and laminated neck. The scale length is 25 1/2” and it has a 14-fret-to-the-body neck. One of the unusual features is the highly visible elevated dual pickguards that are engraved with a fantastic matching floral design. The adjustable ebony bridge is an invention in itself in function and design. This fine guitar sports pearl inlay around the top and soundhole, the gorgeous abalone and pearl headstock decor, and rarely used pearl block fingerboard inlays. Add to that the full neck and body bindings, the rarely used addition of rhinestones placed on the bridge, headstock, and fingerboard and it is easy to note the uniqueness of this Larson brothers’ masterpiece.
This is a one-of-a-kind Larson-built brilliant example of design and decor.There is a newspaper photo clipping of Django’s trio visible through the soundhole. This instrument graces the front cover of Bob Hartman’s 1996 book, The Larsons’ Creations Guitars and Mandolins. This guitar also appears the later edition published in 2007, entitled The Larsons’ Creations Guitars and Mandolins, Centennial Edition as well as being featured in Scott Chinery’s, The Chinery Collection. In Hartman's Centennial Edition he states, "It's history has it belonging to Django Reinhardt and purchased from his brother, Joe, after Django died.". It is said this Euphonon and Scott’s Dyer Style 8 Symphony Harp Guitar were two instruments out of his massive collection of over 1,000 that he enjoyed playing quite often. Chinery was a connoisseur who knew quality and reveled in the beautiful sounds emitted from these wonderful instruments.
This unique Euphonon was used for the Chinery promotion, “Masterpiece Guitars” recording by Steve Howe and Martin Taylor. They thought enough of Scott’s Larson collection to choose nine instruments to be included on that wonderful CD. This guitar could be considered the last hurrah for the production of the now-famous Swedish immigrants, Carl and August Larson. This instrument is being sold by the Chinery family. As it was a beloved part of the late Mr. Chinery’s Collection, this instrument was one of the very few retained by his family after his unfortunate passing in 2000.