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 a gallon 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 12 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 generally have several guitars on hand that are available for trying out.

The archtop guitars I offer range from traditional, such as the Emerald City and Metropolitan with extensive Art Deco inlays, to the very modern Gold Standard. See Bill Frisell playing his Andersen Model 17 archtop.

Two  popular models I make are the StreamLine, a handmade “non-custom” model designed to offer a high quality handmade guitar at an affordable price, and the Electric Archie, a small-body, full featured guitar that many players find extremely comfortable to play.

Currently Available: Newly completed, a 16″ Vanguard built with Macassar ebony appointments. In addition I’m offering a used Model 17 non-cutaway and a used Oval Hole mandolin for sale.  I  have a 1990 Brazilian Rosewood Concert flattop guitar for sale.

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.

Andersen Stringed Instruments Custom Guitar Builder