Guitar nr 242
Width at nut: 43 mm
Width at 24th fret: 56 mm
Nr of frets: 20
Scale length: 635 mm (25")
Radius of fretboard: 10" - 16"
Width at lower bowl: 400 mm
Length from neckjoint: 500 mm
Body: Swedish Birch plywood
Neck: T-Bear P90
Bridge: Lundgren Humbucker
Color: Tobacco sunburst
Ready at: 2003-06-15
To make an archtop guitar is a challenge. But it is also incredible fun. This one is
an experiment that became unbelievable. The body is from the beginning from the
Hagstrom factory here in Sweden and has never been used. When I got it from a friend,
the tap tone was like a “shoe box”. It is made of birch plywood, kind of a swedish thing.
I opened up the body with two f-holes, and from the beginning they were quite small. The tap tone changed immediately. I started to experiment with some changes inside the guitar body, which included bigger f-holes. And finally I was very pleased with it. It has a nice tap tone even if the top is plywood, not comparable with a spruce top.
I decided to make a neck in mahogany for this one, and I fixed it in a very special and strong way to the body. The fretboard is pure ebony. After I stringed it I listened to the song of the guitar and this one really blew me away. The song is so strong and clear and after I played it for a couple of weeks it became my most popular guitar.
The neck pickup is a specially made P90 from Tbear pickups. It is so thick and fat it might be dangerous for your health. The bridge pickup is from another Swedish pickup maker, Lundgren pickups. These two pickups are so good together. I have not decided where I will have the pickup switch so it is not mounted yet.
The pick guard is from a piece of maple. I colored it to match the tobacco sunburst finish. The hardware is from Gotoh, except the bridge that I made myself.
I am completely out of words to explain what this guitar sounds like, it must be heard.