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Steve Andersen Vanguard 16 Custom

Steve Andersen Vanguard 16 Custom

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Following the success CR Guitars has had with our customized Andersen Electric Archie, we decided to work with Steve on another special model  guitar, using basically the same esthetic formula. Based on Steve’s very popular Vanguard model, our current 16" Vanguard Custom has many of the touches found in the Electric Archie. Classic, masterful workmanship brings warmth and elegance to this model while providing superb playability and superior tone.

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Some interesting thoughts about Archtop’s extracted from Andersen’s web site, in Steve Andersen's words:

WOOD CHOICE CONSIDERATIONS
“The selection of the soundboard is by far the most important choice to be made when building a guitar. Of the various species of spruce I use for tops, I generally prefer Engelmann because of its tendency to produce a warm sound with lots of overtones. Most players today favor this response from an archtop, which I tend to think of as a 'modern' sound.

"The Pacific Northwest has long been recognized as the source of the finest tonewoods in North America. For a number of years I have taken advantage of my location to search out high quality wood. These include Engelmann spruce from Idaho, Colorado and Canada, and western maple from Washington and Oregon. I personally select rough billets of maple and spruce directly from the woodcutter who harvested the tree. Or, on several occasions I have obtained whole logs and split them into billets myself. These pieces are then sawn into guitar tops, backs, sides and necks, and stored in my shop to air dry for several years. I maintain an inventory of several hundred sets of wood for guitar and mandolin.

"By the time I actually select a piece of wood for an instrument, I know its history (where it grew, when it was cut, etc.) Obtaining my wood in this manner insures that it is properly cut, properly seasoned, and gives me more control in the resulting instrument."

FINDING THE TONE
"It is useful to recognize that the archtop is, by design, an inherently bright, punchy instrument. This was an important attribute early in the history of the archtop, when its musical role was primarily as a rhythm instrument in jazz bands.

"Over the years, as players put the instrument to new uses, other tonal possibilities have opened up. For example, I like to build guitars with more warmth and character than is found on guitars built in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. I find that most of today’s players prefer this sound, as well. To achieve a warmer, bigger tone, a number of factors must be considered. These include the woods used, the thickness of the top, how 'tall' or flat the arching is, the soundhole(s), and a number of design elements such as the height of the bridge, neck angle, and tailpiece design. Building nearly five hundred instruments over the last 30-plus years has given me an intuitive approach to understanding how all of these variables can be brought together to make the best possible instrument." - Steve Andersen

CRAIG'S POV

Following the success CR Guitars has had with our customized Andersen Electric Archie, I decided to work with Steve on another special model  guitar, using basically the same esthetic formula. Based on Steve’s very popular Vanguard model, our current 16" Vanguard Custom has many of the touches found in the Electric Archie. Classic, masterful workmanship brings warmth and elegance to this model while providing superb playability and superior tone. Fully carved woods, no laminates, invite comparison to the great masters of archtop construction while the wide tonal palette is mindful of why great players such as Bill Frisell choose Andersen as their builder of choice. It’s a light weight guitar thats hard to put down once you start playing. The fit, finish and craftsmanship are astounding and the Lollar Imperial works perfectly, invoking all the classic jazz tones that one could want. The neck is a beautifully carved medium C shape and the 1 3/4" nut width provides that little extra bit of room for folks who like to play fingerstyle while still being completely comfortable for pick users. This a versatile custom made archtop guitar, incredibly playable, with a modern jazz and acoustic tone, made by one of today’s great luthiers. It's all here in what could easily be described as the perfect archtop.

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.

Serial #513
Body size16” x 3”
Top woodEngelmann spruce
Back and sideswestern maple
Neckeastern red maple neck
Finishgold toned amber nitro
Fretboard, bridge and pickguardebony
Binding, body and pickguardtortoise celluloid
PickupLollar Imperial in aged nickel
TunersWaverly aged nickel tuners
Tailpieceebony
Control knobsMacassar ebony
Scale length24.9"
Nut width1 3/4"
Casehardshell
Weight5.00 lbs
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