Guitar nr 173

Technical specifications

The Neck:
Width at nut: 43 mm
Width at 24th fret: 56 mm
Nr of frets: 24
Scale length: 635 mm (25")
Radius of fretboard: 10" - 16"
Saddle: Bone
Inlay: MOP at the left side

The Body:
Width at lower bowl: 300 mm
Length from neckjoint: 390 mm
Thickness: 40mm
Body: Swedish Ash
Neck: Swedish Maple
Fretboard: Wenge
Pickguard: Perloid
Pickups:
Neck: Tom Anderson SSL2
Middle: Tom Anderson SSL1
Bridge: Tom Anderson H2+
Hardware: Black
Color: Tobacco sunburst
Ready at: 1998-11-15
Springtime 1995 I got a phone call from a farmer outside Motala. He told me that he has an old piece of wood at the loft of one of his barns. It has been there as long as he knew. I get interested and come to his place and found an old plank of Swedish Ash. Beautiful in grains and very heavy. It was 2.5 meters in length, 60 cm wide and 3 inches thick! They used this wood to make shaft for horses more than 100 years ago. The farmerís father thought this plank could have been there since 1875. That year they cut down some old ash trees in that area just for this purpose.

I took the plank to my workshop and cut it into pieces for making bodies. The tap tone was a little dull and not what I expected but I left it in the wood pile to mature. Two years later I listen to the tap tone again and what a tone! The wood was screaming. Now I could hear the drama of the past. This wood was so pure and clean, and if it really was cut down around 1875, it must have been growing since 100 years earlier which means it has grown with no air pollution.

So I made this guitar between May and November 1998. The neck is from an old maple plank I got 1995 that is more than 75 years old. I was lucky this time to find a neck that was so perfect in tap tone. Both neck and body matches so well together.

The pickguard is from a piece of perloid from the old Swedish company Hagstrom. They used to have it for the accordions. On this guitar I chose Tom Anderson pickups because I needed something really powerful, to get out the incredible tone of the guitar. The hardware is Gotoh.

The tone of this guitar is unique. It sounds like nothing else. So clean and pure with all the dynamics you ever can think of. Even if you play soft, there is a long sustain. And when you play hard and let all of your anger out thru the guitar it really roars. This guitar understands you even if you are down and out or just so happy.

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