Guitar nr 81

Technical specifications

The Neck:
Width at nut: 41 mm
Width at 24th fret: 56 mm
Nr of frets: 24
Scale length: 635 mm (25")
Radius of fretboard: 10" - 16"
Saddle: Bone
Inlay: No

The Body:
Width at lower bowl: 300 mm
Length from neckjoint: 390 mm
Thickness: 40mm
Body: Swedish Cherry
Neck: Swedish Oak
Fretboard: Swedish Pear
Pickguard: No
Pickups:
Neck: Tom Anderson SL1
Bridge: Tom Anderson H2+
Hardware: Black
Color: Transparent
Ready at: 1993-09-15
I made this one in 1993 and that was the first one in only Swedish woods. The cherry plank was brought to my shop in 1992 by a friend who has saved it for more than 20 years. He planned to make two bridal chests for his daughters but unfortunately (or luckily) they didn't get married.

This planks change my whole idea about Swedish woods. I thought that was only good fore woodwork in school, making butter knifes. Or put in the fire. Gosh, was I wrong? There is an incredible "tone" of course but look at the grains! The whole wood is reddish and the grains are colored green, pink, brown, yellow, you name it! I oiled the wood with linseed oil (boiled) and WOW! Now I could see grains in deep, going under each other. After making the shape of the body I sprayed it with 25 coats of nitrocellulose lacquer (nitrocellulose goes very well together with boiled linseed oil). This is one of the nicest guitar bodies I have made. I can still look at it for hours.

The neck is so special. I experimented with different kind of woods for this neck and I rejected 4 complete necks that didn't meet my specification. But the fifth neck I made from an old oak plank (it had a year written, 1908, but who knows). I never heard of a Luthier who used oak for a neck. So I did. The tap tone was so clear and distinct so I didn't bother about the worm channels! The fretboard was made from a nice piece of pear wood. Together the body and neck are really magic.

I chosed not to have a tremolo. This guitar had such a special "tone" and I wanted a really good bridge. So my choice was Gotoh LA510. It is lockable and plants the tone from the strings down to the body in a splendid way. The pickups were the best I could find at the time and there is still no reason to replace them.

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