Welcome to Andersen Stringed Instruments
I’ve decided to make a change in my work, an approach I’m calling “Builders’ Choice”. What that means, is that as of 2018, I will no longer be taking orders for custom guitars. Rather, I’ve decided to focus my efforts on building those models I find the most gratifying to construct – and by limiting the number of guitars I build, I will now also be able to pursue new design ideas.
Initially, the models I will be offering include the Streamline and Electric Archie, and I may add one or two other models later. These guitars will all be offered in a manner similar to the StreamLine. That means, I will offer each guitar on as-is basis: I will list specs on each guitar offered, with a price.
These guitars will be built in the same way all of my guitars are made: Built in my Seattle workshop by one person-Steve Andersen.
“Builder’s Choice” models
A deposit can be placed to reserve any of the “Builder’s Choice” models listed below. Please contact me for an estimated completion date of any model, and I can give you a date range for completion. If you’d like the opportunity to buy one, a $500 deposit will put you in line for the next available. Upon completion, I’ll contact you and provide an invoice for the balance due, plus shipping. I’ll ship the guitar to you for a 48 hour approval period.
Listed here are the models currently offered through this new policy.
Next available Streamline 16 is due June 2019. Price $5600. This model may be reserved for a deposit of $500.
Next available Electric Archie14 is due Fall 2019. Price $6600. This model may be reserved for a deposit of $500.
I was sixteen years old when I built my first guitar – Richard Nixon was president, gas cost less than a dollar per gallon and American-made guitars were pretty much limited to a few names like Gibson, Martin and Fender. Within ten years of that first guitar, I was earning my living as a guitar maker.
Today, there are thousands of guitar makers in the United States. I occupy a small, specialized slice of that market, focusing primarily on carved archtop guitars. The archtop guitar is an instrument that is difficult to build in a factory-type setting, but rather demands hands-on treatment and a keen sense of intuition. In my shop, every step from selecting materials to finishing and set-up is done by one person – me. I build guitars one at a time, completing around 10 per year.
If you are planning on being in the Seattle area, you are welcome to contact me and we can arrange a time for visiting my shop. I occasionally have a guitar or two on hand that are available for trying out.
See Bill Frisell playing his Andersen Model 17 archtop.
Here is a short video of Seattle guitarist Tim Lerch playing his recently acquired used Andersen Oval Hole Archtop.
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