Andersen Vanguard Archtop Guitar #526 - Used  From Other

Drop dead gorgeous 16" archtop from Steven Andersen


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Condition: Used, Excellent

This wonderful and very comely 16" archtop comes from the one-man shop of Steve Andersen. For #526 Steve substituted the usual choice of black ebony for Macassar and followed it through all the way to the pickup cover completing a very elegant look for an even more elegant sounding guitar. Thanks to the 16"x3" dimensions, this piece is extremely comfortable to play and hold through long sessions in the studio or on the stage. 

SP Luthier Notes: Fret dress, bridge stabilization, setup (with D'Addario EGC25 flatwound)

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The Vanguard combines carved, solid wood top, back, and sides with a mounted pickup. There are several advantages when building the pickup and controls into the top as opposed to the floating style. There are more pickups to choose from; some players prefer the amplified tone of a mounted pickup over a floater; there is more range to the adjustments of pickup and pole piece height; controls and jack are more conveniently located. The use of carved plates and solid woods allows a very good acoustic tone to match up with a distinctive amplified sound.

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Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

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Model: Vanguard

Serial: 526

Top: Engelmann Spruce

Back: Western Maple

Sides: Western Maple

Body Width: 16"

Body Depth: 3"

Binding: Macassar Ebony

Neck: Eastern Red Maple

Fingerboard: Macassar Ebony

Heel Cap: Macassar Ebony

Peghead Overlay: Macassar Ebony

Width at Nut:

Nut Material: Bone

Scale: 24.9"

Frets: 21

Pickguard: Macassar Ebony

Bridge: Macassar Ebony, Adjustable

Tailpiece: Macassar Ebony Trapeze

Pickup: Custom Lollar w/Macassar Ebony Face

Controls: Volume, Tone w/Macassar Ebony Knobs

Tuners: Waverly Gold Open Gear w/Macassar Ebony Buttons

Case: Hardshell