Guitar nr 231

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: MOP at the left side

The Body:
Width at lower bowl: 300 mm
Length from neckjoint: 390 mm
Thickness: 40mm
Body: Swedish Poppel
Neck: Swedish Hassel
Fretboard: Rosewood
Pickguard: Vintage red turtle
Pickups:
Neck: Tom Anderson SN2
Middle: Tom Anderson SN1
Bridge: Tom Anderson H3+
Hardware: Gold
Color: Black
Ready at: 2003-02-15
My hometown, Motala in Sweden, is well known for its Poppel trees. These water loving trees grows very fast with lots of twigs. When you cut them down they are very heavy because of the water. They are easy to dry and when dried they are very light weight. These woods are useless for almost everything, they burn to fast, impossible for making furniture, maybe woodwork in school. The color is a kind of grey and the grains travel from nothing to very dramatic.

In the end of the 80’s I got a lot of Poppel planks from a friend. I dried them in a barn outside Motala. They dried very fast and after 5 – 6 years I brought some planks to the workshop to mature, just as an experiment. I didn’t believe in this wood at all but I was a little curious. In the beginning there was almost no tap tone at all but after a couple of years I discovered a remarkable tap tone. It was bright and clear and there was an exciting sub tone that was a little difficult to define.

I made some instruments for experiment and found that the tone in these guitars was extraordinary. But the wood is not strong so the tremolo I used came loose after some month. The only tremolo that worked was one with 6 screws.

This guitar was made between Mars 2002 and February 2003. The grain is very poor so I paint it black. I tried some maple necks that matched the body well tone wise, but I was a little curious about a Hassle neck I’d made earlier. This was really magic. Wow, what a song! The hardware is of course Gotoh and the bridge is the famous “510”. This combination is an incredible hit!

To pickup the song from this guitar I chose Tom Anderson pickups after some testing. The guitar is so full of life and dynamic. It is very light (ca 3kg) but the tone is so masculine. The voice is rich and powerful maybe because of the millions of “tone chambers” that were left when the water was gone.

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