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Steve Andersen Electric Archie Preowned 2006

Steve Andersen Electric Archie Preowned 2006

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This guitar is very similar to the guitar that Steve makes for CR Guitars but with a more ornate archtop esthetic. A rich warm sunburst finish encases the maple body and spruce top. The body, neck, peghead and f holes are fully bound which adds a sense of upscale elegance to this particular version of the Electric Archie.

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For many of you, Steve Anderson will need no introduction, as you’re probably already aware of h'is exemplary work. For those of you who don’t know of him, this is very special introduction for me. I’ve known Steve for many years - since the late '90s - and he’s built some wonderful guitars for me. He is a justifiably renowned builder of fine archtops, and there's one guitar he makes that almost defines him: The "Little Archie," a 14 inch archtop that's legendary. He’s the only builder I know that makes such killer small archtops.

CRAIG'S POV

It's rare to find Steve Andersen's Electric Archie on the pre-owned market but as chance has it I've had two in the last few months. One was formerly owned and played by Bill Frisell and sold very quickly. Here is another chance to get one of these beauties in a single pickup "fully carved top version." This guitar is very similar to the guitar that Steve makes for CR Guitars but with a more ornate archtop esthetic. A rich warm sunburst finish encases the maple body and spruce top. The body, neck, peghead and f holes are fully bound which adds a sense of upscale elegance to this particular version of the Electric Archie.

The guitar is in excellent overall condition with just a few assorted dents and scratches, including a finish scratch on the cutaway-side upper bout, visible in photo #13 below. Please note that this is a scratch, not a crack.

The nut width is just under 1 3/4 inches - which I feel is great for someone coming from either the electric world, or someone coming from the acoustic side of things; you’ll all feel just completely comfortable. (The 14 inch body size will also immediately feel great for someone used to electric solid bodies.)

The woods Steve uses are gorgeous. The maple on the back of the guitar is reminiscent of a fine violin. And the neck is curly maple with a beautiful flame. As for the neck shape, Steve's C-shape is carved perfectly. Just a wonderfully seductive shape that fits in your hand perfectly.

Bottom line, this 2006 Electric Archie is one of those guitars that once you pick it up it's really hard to put down.

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

ABOUT ANDERSEN STRINGED INSTRUMENTS
Steve Andersen has been making guitars and mandolins for over 35 years. Since 1990 he has primarily built archtops, with a respectful eye toward the great guitars of the past, and a keen and ongoing interest in finding new avenues to explore. The Andersen workshop is known for such innovative models as the Little Archie, the Emerald City and the Gold Standard. Having built nearly five hundred instruments has given Steve a deep understanding of the multitude of variables involved in building a great guitar. In his one man shop he builds around a dozen instruments per year, which affords him the opportunity to work on just one guitar at a time.

Body size14" x 2.5"
Top woodEngelmann spruce
Back and sidesEuropean maple
Neckmaple
Finishsunburst
Fretboard, bridgeebony
Pickguardtortoise
Binding, body, pickguard, headstockivoroid
PickupDuncan Antquity
TunersWaverly aged nickel tuners
Tailpiecebrass with nickel plating
Control knobsMacassar ebony
Scale length24 3/4"
Nut width1.72"
Neck profileC shape, .83”@ 1st fret, .93”@ 12th fret
Casehard shell
Weight4.9 lbs
Serial #425
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