Sanden Guitars / NRB (made To Order) / Natural / Guitar For Sale
NRB is our nylon-stringed model. This model is designed to fit the player who wants that steel-stringed feeling. 14 fret to the body, 12” radius fretboard and a similar bracing, but thinner, like the steel-string guitars we make.The NRB is being built with what we call style 2, this means flamed koa bindings and rosette.The Tuners is Gototh gold with ebony buttons. The guitar on the picture has as options, cutaway and True temperament fretboard. The neck is made very slim and fast and to get that low action we have fitted the guitar with a trussrod.This is a very special and unique guitar with a unique sound.
Price: 37.500 SEK / Approx. €4480 (incl. local tax.)
scale length: 650 mm
width at zero fret: 48 mm
body depth at lower bout: 100 mm
body width at lower bout: 385 mm
body width at upper bout: 270 mm
over all length: 1030 mm
The Sanden Guitars is all made out of solid wood that is perfectly quarter sawn. This is to get maximum sound out of the guitar. However this means that the instrument is sensitive to the humidity. When we build the guitars we do that in humidity controlled workshop. We keep it a little dryer than normal, 40-45%. The ideal humidity for the guitar is 50%. During the winter the humidity cold be as low as 20% and during the summer it can reach over 80%. When the humidity is high the instrument swells up and when it is low the instrument will shrink. To keep the guitar safe from cracking, keep it as often as you can in the case. When the humidity goes under 35%, put in a humidifier and when it is over 45% you can take it out again. This applies for all instruments with solid wood.If the guitars body and neck get dirty. Wipe it of with a clean rag, and then use Sanden guitar polish to get the shine back. Use only polish on high gloss guitars. The fretboard and bridge is oiled and here it is good to use paraffin oil. Once a year is more than enough.If your guitar needs to have the stringheight adjusted, please contact us first and we will instruct you along the way.Keep this in mind and you will enjoy your guitars for years.
Our fretboards and necks are available in a lot of different variations. Our regular string length is 650 mm except for the baritone, which is 710 mm. The neck shape is available in V, D and C shape. We also have as a standard, a zero fret on all our guitars. We know that this gives the guitar a better balance. There is always metal in contact with the string. It gives the guitar better intonation, you always get the perfect string height and it does not wears down as fast as a bone nut.
Since a few years back we have been using the True temperament fretting system on our guitars as an option. Instead of just using the compromise by intonate the saddle, with the TT system the whole fretboard is intonated. This means that the higher up the neck you play the more in tune you will be. We use the Thidell formula 1 fretboard. Sanden guitars has the sole right to use this system on acoustic guitars. For more information about the True temperament system please visit there website at www.truetemperament.com.
The fan fret is a combination of two string lengths. We use 650 mm on the high E string and 680 mm on the low E. The guitars works well in standard tuning but you get the full benefit of this system if you use different tuning. It is possible to go as low as A and still get a good steady balance of the guitar. It is not possible to combine the TT system with the fan fret. For more information about our fretboards please contact us.
The Sanden Guitars come with a lifetime warranty to the first owner for as long as we are working as luthiers. That means that we will, without additional cost, repair or adjust any defects or flaws due to material imperfections. Any damage due to carelessness or negligence from the user will make the warranty void. Along with the warranty you will also receive a maintenance guide. Our instruments are made of wood, which means they may react to large humidity variations. If you are unsure of anything regarding your guitar, don’t hesitate to contact us. Any alteration on the instrument done by yourself or any person chosen by you without consulting us first may void the warranty. Read the maintenance guide carefully and follow its advice and you will have many happy moments with your Sanden Guitar.
What do our prices suggest?
The prices for our guitars and options are given in Swedish kronor (SEK) and refer to the cost for the instrument. The price for a standard hand built Sanden Guitar is 37 500 SEK (incl. a Hiscox pro case and local tax) regardless of model except for the mini model. On top of that you will have to calculate options and shipping. Depending on what part of the world you order your guitar from, and where you want it shipped to, there will be additional costs due to taxes, customs duty, transports and other regulations of trade. Please contact us to get a full view of your order cost.
Purchasing a hand-built instrument means you are getting something quite unique. At Sanden Guitars we make the guitars one by one, and thus every guitar is a “one-of-a-kind” instrument. You may want a standard hand built instrument or you may want to choose from our list of options and add-ons. Please view full list of options below.Local tax is included.
True Temperament fretboard
This system makes your guitar intonate as perfect as possible, all over the fretboard. Read more about the TT-system on www.truetemperament.com
Price: 7000 SEK / Approx. € 785
The fanned-fret is made up with two different scale lengths. We make it with a 650 mm and a 670 mm scale length. This system allows you to tune the guitar in all kinds of tunings all the way down to at least C. Please note that the fan-fret system cannot be combined with True Temperament but on the other hand you can get the fan-fretted system in all our models. Read more about fanned-fret on www.novaxguitars.com.
Price: 3500 SEK / Approx. € 392
Put that old style machine heads on and get a completely new look on the guitar. We prefer to use the Waverly tuners but if you want something else we try to get it, provided it works with our design. Available on SRB, VRB and JRB.
Price from: 2500 SEK / Approx. € 280
Add a shiny, stunning look to your guitar by putting a 2.5 mm trim of real abalone shell around the top. As a standard we use abalone in our rosettes, so this makes it a perfect match. Available on all our models.
Price: 4000 SEK / Approx. € 448
Our cutaway is perfectly designed not to interfere with the sound. Still deep enough to reach the top frets. Available on all our models except for the mini model.
Price: 3000 SEK / Approx. € 336
We offer a wide range of different wood for back and sides. Koa wood is one of the most popular types, providing a very nice midrange tone as well as sophisticated looks.For additional information about wood for back and sides, please mail us.
Price from: 5000 SEK / Approx. € 561
As a standard we use solid Sitka spruce on our guitars, which we think delivers a well balanced sound with a long sustain. However, we also offer German Spruce and Cedar as options. The German spruce gives the guitar a slightly warmer sound and less attack. The Cedar on the other hand gives the guitar more attack and less sustain.
Price: 1500 SEK / Approx. € 168
Sanden Guitars, Sweden
The best material is needed to build an instrument that is pleasing to the ear, the eyes and the heart.
Slow growing wood that has been cut and dried properly is a basic requirement. Therefore, we personally choose and purchase the material each year from Germany, the United States, England and India.
Michael has learned this from the two masters he studied with, Bozo Padunavac in San Diego in 1982, where he learned to build steel-string guitars and mandolins, and then with Georg Bolin between 1984-1986, where he learned to build classical guitars.
In 1986 Michael received his Journeyman’s Certificate as a qualified builder and in 1996 he got his Master’s Certificate in guitar craftmanship. Sanden Guitars has been a member of the "Guild of American Luthiers" since 1983 and has participated in several conventions over the years.
Since 2010, Sanden Guitars is situated in Gothenburg Sweden.
Michael and Kari together owns and runs Sanden guitars. Right now Michael is doing all the building and Kari helps out where it is needed. Together they do their utmost to take care of you so that you are going to feel safe with your Sanden guitar.
Up until two years ago all sales have gone thru us directly. We have now dealers in England and Italy. We are at the moment looking for more dealers. So if you know any guitarstore you might think would like to carry our guitars, please contact us.
For more information please contact :
414 52 Gothenburg
phone: +46 31 125449