Guitar nr 133
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"
Width at lower bowl: 300 mm
Length from neckjoint: 390 mm
Body: Swedish Cherry bookmatched
Neck: Swedish Maple
Fretboard: Swedish oak
Neck: Tom Anderson SL2R
Middle: Tom Anderson SL1
Bridge: Tom Anderson H3
Color: Clear Lacquer
Ready at: 1995-08-30
In springtime of 1995, an old friend asked me if "we" could make a guitar
to his daughter's husband. He was turning 30 later that year, and this could
be a nice present. I was a little surprised because I didn't know the guy and
I wonder why he should have a high quality guitar like these. These guitars
are for highly skilled musicians.
My friend told me not to worry, just get started. He supplied me with some very old and nice Swedish cherry planks. I remember the tap tone was just incredible. He had stored them for more than 15 years. He also supplied me with some old maple and oak planks. So I get started.
He insisted that he should help me, so he could tell his son in law that he had made the guitar almost by himself. That was tricky. I am very particular in making these guitars and I do not want anyone to "help" me. After some negotiation we agreed that he should sand the guitar. No more! Well, OK he sanded the guitar in a very nice way and I did the rest.
When I was finishing the guitar, I let some friends of this guy to sign the guitar on the back and also one of his guitar heroes, Mr. Janne Schaffer. I finished the guitar and I realized that I had a one of a kind guitar in my hands, and not only because of the signatures on the back. The book matched body, the oak fretboard and the deep lacquer looks very nice but the sound of the guitar really blows me away! Well this was some kind of a present for a 30th birthday.
This guy, Stefan Lundgren, became a very good friend. He is one of absolute top guitar players in Sweden. He is also a photographer and he is responsible for many pictures of Ares Guitars. Almost every picture you see on this site is from his camera.