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.

I am currently building only the Andersen Streamline 16 model.

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.

Please note: Due to restrictions in international shipping of certain woods as spelled out in the CITES agreement, I no longer ship any instruments outside the United States.

“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.

StreamLine 16 (satin lacquer)

Next available Streamline 16 is due sometime in 2021. Price $5600. 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.

Video features:

See Bill Frisell playing his Andersen Model 17 archtop.

Tim Lerch playing his Andersen Oval Hole Archtop.

Custom Model 17 for sale (demo by Tim Lerch).

Model 17 non-cut for sale (demo by Tim Lerch).

Andersen guitars currently available for sale:

Info@AndersenGuitars.com     206-782-8630 (phone calls only, no texts please.)

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