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Anders Eliasson

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Building Guitar Number 100. 

Its been a very special summer for me. The death of Sole, my lovely wife, is all over the place. The last 2 month have been totally in the light and spirit of her last weeks, her death and what comes after. I´m not totally sure what comes out of this vacum, I feel that a new life is there around the next corner, but its difficult for me to see it or feel it. I know the answer is patience and that I have to take care of myself, which I do. Time will show what there will be.
BUT.... Things happened in the workshop during the last days of Sole´s life. I built my guitar number 100...... Just a number, I know, but a special one and because of the timing a very special one. It was built together with number 99, which can be seen on my blog. I was aware of the very difficult situation I was in, so I chosed to build both 99 and 100 as “free” guitars. They were not orders and when finished, they´ll be put up for sale.
I wasnt in the mood to write about number 100 back then. I didnt have the energy and I concentrated 100% in being with Sole and working when I had my hours off. The workshop was pure therapy and I know that it helped me through a very difficult period. I took a lot of photos of the process and I will SLOWLY post them and if I find the energy, write a bit about the proces. Its not going to be a “how to build a flamenco guitar” thread. I´m not that kind of person and I believe that we all have to find our own way.

So, I will start with a photo of where I am right now... Or more or less. This is the guitar in raw before French polishing. I´ve just started the FP. The guitar has been hanging in my workshop with controlled climate for 2 month and the wood has taken a little bit of color from the light. Thats very beautifull and will make the FP look deeper. Maybe I should do things like the old violinmakers did. Hang the instrument in the sun for some month, so that it takes its natural color before you start putting FP on it. It would look great with a couple of raw wood guitars hanging in my lemon tree.



Its a traditional Blanca with wooden pegs. (They can be changed to mechanical pegs) 650mm scale, 53mm nut, Its going to be natural color. There are a few minor extras in purfling, bridge and rosette. More about that later.
I chosed to build a Blanca with pegs for a couple of reasons: I like them. They are the “real” thing. Very vibrant and I cant imagine the history of flamenco without Blancas with pegs. Also, I´ve made a lot of them over the years. Maybe some 25% of my building has been pegheads. And finally, beauty... IMHO, its the most beautifull flamenco guitar.
Everything is standard. German spruce (master grade). Mediterranean Cypress back and sides, Honduran Cedar neck, Ebony fingerboard and a very pretty Caviuna headplate.

Just one final note, I will try to answer questions, but because of time and energy, I might not be able to answer all and the mental questions about what will happen if I move brace number 4, 2mm to the left etc. I will not answer.

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ralexander

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Looks very clean and beautiful, Anders. Congratulations on your 100th guitar, that is quite an achievement!! And I like how you chose to go with a very traditional style instead of inlaying the neck with a giant "100" in abalone
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Don Dionisio

 

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Congratulations on completing 100 guitars. I think guitars are some
of man's most beautiful creations and this one is quite beautiful.
I love the rosette and matching bridge designs.
Thanks for showing your new work of art to us.
May you find consolation in your work and peace in your heart.
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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Beautiful guitar Anders. In my opinion, I think you should consider keeping #100 for yourself. For sentimental reasons. So many emotions went into this guitar.

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Flamingrae

 

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

quote:

and the wood has taken a little bit of color from the light.


First off, congratulations. 100 is a special number. You should be very proud and it looks, as ever, a corker in the Anders style.
FYI - I put the quote up because I recently took a viola out of a case that had been build 20 years ago. I never got around to varnishing it and the colour change was quite incredible. From a off white 20 years ago to an almost yellow ochre now - no light involved. I suppose from a practical point of view, this would never really happen in the real world. I'm going to give it a little dust and clean here and there and put it's protective jacket on. I'll lob you any info that you might need on varnishing, but you're probably info'd on that already.

Strength
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 5 2012 13:55:50
 
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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Beautiful, and I like how your rosette motif is evolving.

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gj Michelob

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

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I built my guitar number 100...... Just a number, I know, but a special one and because of the timing a very special one.


Congratulations, Anders. May I respectfully disagree that it is "just a number". People pray over numbered beads, exercise in numbered sets, graduate over numbered credits and play over numbered beats…. To reach your 100th instrument is a significant benchmark.

Your trade, your art and your chosen fashion of pursuing it has survived the test of time and production, while your competence as luthier is now firmly anchored to the strength of well aged experience.

You ought to be proud of yourself, as we are of you, with admiration and affection.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 5 2012 14:20:35
 
ralexander

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to TANúñez

quote:

I think you should consider keeping #100 for yourself. For sentimental reasons. So many emotions went into this guitar.


I absolutely agree with Tom on this. I hope you can afford to consider this. I very much enjoy your playing and I think you certainly deserve it.
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gerundino63

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Very nice one Anders!
100 st. Is a lot....where is the time, still remember your early building posts on flamencoteacher....
I like the matching bridge inlay a lot.
Also the headplate is very nice.

Congratulated!!

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Anders Eliasson

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Thanks everyone. The guitar will be for sale. I have number 1 (my dad has it) and 2012 has been a tough year, so it´ll be for sale when finished and tested.
Besides, number 101, 102, 103 etc are going to be very special ones as well. Oh, and I really like the esthetics of 99, a 2A negra.

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Gimar

 

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

#100!! congrats Anders
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 5 2012 16:10:13
 
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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

She looks beatifull!! One day I´m gonna have myself an Anders Blanca

Congratiolations Anders!!!

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

congratulations Anders!!
I hope that many other people like me have the chance of playing your guitars!....your guitars that are not only pieces of art……their sound touches the heartstrings.

Gentlemen and Luthiers like you, with your personality, culture and skill, there are few!....... and in a world where money makes rotting everything, you remain an invaluable richness.

with great admiration,
giambattista
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 5 2012 17:00:52
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

So here is where it all started.

The neck blank I had prepared the summer before. Sometimes, I prepare some 8 - 10 necks, half of them with the headplate glued on and the rest without. Its a good feeling to have them ready.

This one was only with the scarf joint made and nothing else. On the first photo, I slowly make some very thin shavings in order to make the head totally flat and ready for the headplate. On the second, the headplate is glued on.





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Tomrocker

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Nice guitar Anders. Can't wait to hear it ringing between your hands.

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

A beautiful classic look for your 100th.
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RTC

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Anders:
Very nice, your work has always been impressive and your dedication inspirational.
Always look forward to your post.
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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Quite a gorgeous guitar! A special number to you that has many qualities in a guitar that YOU like -- traditional blanca with pegs. Stunning!
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Anders Eliasson

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Next step is to sculp the headstock. First you see a template on the square head. I cut it all by hand. I dont like setting up routers, jigs etc and besides, I like the organic look of a not totally perfect headstock. I like when you can see that its been made with hands.
2nd photo is of the finished head with 6 - 6mm holes, where the pegs will be. That piece of Caviuna is really pretty and it´ll get a very deep color when French polished.





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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Cool, congratulations looks cool. Is that a new head design or you did that before? I remember a point.

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mark indigo

 

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

hey, good to see you're keeping up with the "therapy"
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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Looks sood Anders, your signature rosette keeps getting better and better.

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Anders Eliasson

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

I cant remember when I changed headstock design. I think its some 1,5 or 2 years ago.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 7 2012 9:31:31
 
El Polaco

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Congrats Anders! Very nice indeed.

I hope I live long enough to build 100 guitars! I'm on number 4 right now. :)

Keep up the good work!!!

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Congratulations Anders, 100 guitars is a major achievement! Not to mention the combined happiness they would have given their owners.

Btw, even though the guitar in the pic looks the same as the other guitar i commented on, This one reminds me of milk chocolate rather than the brown slacks guy

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Anders Eliasson

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

The making of the heel begins.
First glue a block of cedar on the neck. Make sure that the surfaces are level. This I do by rubbing the neck blank and the block on a flat sanding board.
Next is to make the cut for the sides.





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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 8 2012 8:07:08
 
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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

I wonder who is going to get guitar No100...? is it already sold ?...
but whoever it is tell them they have to come on the foro with a clip of it being played ..............

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 8 2012 9:28:39
 
Anders Eliasson

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

The guitar is not sold.
Even though I dont play much these days (if at all) I can imagine that I´ll do a recording myself and post it. Its a good and natural way of rounding off the thread.

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Anders Eliasson

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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

The making of the Heel.

So here we go with some more sculping. This is a part of the building that I really like a lot. I like to play with sharp handtools and when I was younger I did fencing as a sport (touché)

Again, a lot this can be done with jigs and power tools, but I prefer the organic feel of a handcut heel. It might not end up being perfectly symmetric, but is that important? I prefer when it looks good and handmade.
At first I cut the ramps on both sides with a chisel, then I raw cut with a whitling knife and finally the whole thing is finished of with scrapers and sandpaper.







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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 9 2012 9:06:03
 
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RE: Building Guitar Number 100. (in reply to Anders Eliasson

Nice. When I made my aborted build, I found a rolling-pin wrapped in sandpaper very effective for the curves of the front of the heel.

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