Welcome to Andersen Stringed Instruments
Welcome to Andersen Stringed Instruments. 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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I hope you’ll take a look at the instruments I offer. If anything intrigues you and you’d like to know more, feel free to call or email.