Instrument Details

New Ted Astrand Ã-OM African Blackwood/Italian Moon Spruce
SOLD
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Astrand Guitars
Product Year
2016
Model
Å-OM
Serial #
34
New/Preowned
New
SKU
5192
Condition
Brand New EVO "gold" frets
Body Type(s)
Medium, OM/Concert
Back & Sides
Blackwood - African
Top
xx
Neck Wood
Honduran Mahogany
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
Side Dots, "Particle Collision" Collaboration
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
Ebony
Tuners
Gotoh 510
Tuner Finish
Cosmo Black
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.4375 in
Upper Bout
11 in
Lower Bout
15.1875 in
Body Depth Heel
3.375 in
Body Depth Tail
4.3125 in
Scale Length
25 in
Scale Length (mm)
635 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.25 in
String Spacing (mm)
57.2 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
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Description

In 2015 we met Swedish luthier Ted Astrand for the first time at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, where were able to play two of his guitars, and bring one back to Dream Guitars to sell (it lasted all of about three days before it was sold). This year, we've acquired one of Ted's most recent builds, a 2016 Å-OM African Blackwood and Italian Moon Spruce--and we've already found a home for this guitar, too!

Before we sent it to its new owner, we were able to photograph and record it at our showroom, and we're very grateful for that: this guitar is an experience no one should pass up, given the opportunity. To start, the Honduran Mahogany neck has a satin neck that feel instantly familiar like your favorite old guitar, and the setup is dialed in for fingerstyle perfection; glass-smooth and low, buzz free, with a comfortable C profile for easy fretting.

Moving onto the body, you're struck by the contrast of the inky dark grain of the African Blackwood against the cream tones of the Italian Moon Spruce top, and a quick glance under the hood via the soundport shows Ted's delicate bracing pattern that enables his tops to be so thin and so resonant. Across the fretboard you can see Ted's collaboration with inlay artist Magnus Ramel, a piece they call "Particle Collision."

The voice, now, the voice is something else entirely. The string to string balance is impeccable, perfect for the fingerstylist who needs a consistently even response across the fretboard without bass notes that overpower or shrill trebles. delicate overtones rise up from the middle and upper registers that color, but don't dominate, the voice, and when we lowered the guitar into DADGAD and beyond, the tone remained crisp and well-focused. Needless to say, we cannot wait until the next Astrand guitar comes through our doors.

When you meet Ted Astrand you immediately notice that he is calm, centered, and kind. I can imagine him working in total peace and serenity in his shop. One glance at his guitars and you can see how pristine and precise they are, one note and you can tell how important the work is to him. For me it’s real simple: when I play Ted’s instruments I want to write music. They inspire me to create. That’s the most important attribute of any instrument in my mind.
 
One of the nicest guitars I've played at the shop. It is loud and pure with plenty of interesting overtones and clean yet round tones that really appeal to me. I also like the understated elegance of the design and the awesome inlay pattern. This will be a great addition for someone's collection.
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SCALE LENGTH 25 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.25 in
WOODS XX,
BLACKWOOD - AFRICAN

In 2015 we met Swedish luthier Ted Astrand for the first time at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase, where were able to play two of his guitars, and bring one back to Dream Guitars to sell (it lasted all of about three days before it was sold). This year, we've acquired one of Ted's most recent builds, a 2016 Å-OM African Blackwood and Italian Moon Spruce--and we've already found a home for this guitar, too!Before we sent it to its new owner, we were able to photograph and record it at our showroom, and we're very grateful for that: this guitar is an experience no one should pass up, given the opportunity.
 

When you meet Ted Astrand you immediately notice that he is calm, centered, and kind. I can imagine him working in total peace and serenity in his shop.
 
One of the nicest guitars I've played at the shop. It is loud and pure with plenty of interesting overtones and clean yet round tones that really appeal to me.
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