Thomas Fredholm Guitars / Baby Ditson / 2017 / Guitar For Sale
Fredholm Guitars, Sweden
I've been in to making guitars for almost 30 years. It was the best ever made Martin D 45 that started it off. I just had to find out how to do it! Sweden can not brag with a guitarmaking tradition so it had to be self studies. The Western guitars I made I put (forced) in the hands of friends who where in to music and then I turned towards professional guitarists. I was really into folk music so I made some Irish bouzoukis and dulcimers as well.
Over the years I've recived quite a few scholar ships and grants and thanks to those I've been able to travel a lot and spending time with luthiers such as Jonathan Hinves in Granada, Spain and restor Bernhard Kresse in Köln, Germany. I've met colleges in Asia, America and Europe and I've visited many saw mills where I handpick the wood I want to use.
I went to the US on several occasions and met many guitar freaks and brilliant luthiers and got to see a lot of fantastic guitars. It was during one of those trips to the States that I came across the making of classical guitars. I got this "thing" for clear tunes and an everlasting sustain and it's one of my "triggers".
With a musical background of American music the obvious thing for Thomas Fredholm was of course to start his career as a Steel string guitarmaker. The purchase of a Martin Dreadnaught set the path of making guitars in the Martin tradition.In the early 90's Thomas left his Steel string making for Classical guitar making. He spent some 20 yearsin that sceene building up a network resulting in customers like David Russel and John Dearman of the Los Angeles guitar quartet.
Around 2010 Thomas decided it was time for some Steel string making again. He has since spent his time focusing on making guitars with tonal qualities of the best of the Pre War Martins. Among his customers will you find guitarists like Andy Summers, Dan Tyminsi, Bryan Sutton, Zac Brown, Steve Earle, John Leventhal, Jim Salestrom, Eric Bibb, Will Kimbrough and Sofia Karlsson.