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Larry Lothson started repairing and building guitars in 1974. He performed repairs and finishing for music shops in the Chicago area. Through trial and error the first original designed Lothson guitar was built in 1980. Over the years just under 100 custom Lothson guitars have been built.
In the early 1990s, Lothson pursued building a shop. Problems occurred in construction and took precedent over guitar building. The lease on the original, rented shop was lost. With no place to move, all equipment supplies had to be dismantled and stored. The down years were well spent. Short on space, work mainly consisted of setup and minor repair. As a result, the art of setup was perfected. It has been said that one of Lothson’s setups will rival any Plek machine.
With a new shop up and running, a new era of Lothson Guitars is beginning to take shape. Using the carefully stored and aged Honduras mahogany and the highest quality electronics available today, the Lothson L.A. Signature is again available.
The guitar retains its original designed shape for perfect balance and its original “Timeless Quality” in all aspects of building. This guitar is designed, not just decorated. Body and fingerboard woods are aged over 30 years. Top quality, hand-selected flame maple is used for the hound, two-piece carved top. Crucial parts are crafted on the same equipment used in the heyday of early guitar building and woodworking. Some of the machines are painstakingly rebuilt and restored, made in the USA in the early 1920s to 1960s.
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