For those who can read swedish it is apparent that the corresponding web page “About me and my guitars” in swedish looks very different than the english version. This is because my guitars since long are quite familiar to the swedish classical guitar community so I don’t need spend time introducing myself. For the international market, however, this is more necessary since my success at home has limited my sales abroad. I have built classical guitars on a full time basis for over 25 years (since 1992 to be exact) and have established myself as one of the leading classical guitar makers in Scandinavia. Many of the more prominent guitarists in Sweden plays my instruments. Lately I have started to expand beyond the scandinavian market and since 2019 you can find my guitars at Siccas Guitars in Germany.
Originally self taught I have spent many years exploring different building techniques and building styles before settling on my own system and style. My production is small and concentrates on every guitar as a unique personality that has to be discovered, although every individual clearly shows a strong kinship. To describe sound accurate is, as most people know, impossible but I have a couple of pet features in my guitars that I always strive for. Those are good clarity married to warm but not too deep bases, good sustain and attack, good elasticity in feel and a big dynamic range when playing from pianissimo to forte. A very important thing is to have a wide palette of tone colors available. I feel that when the guitar has these characteristics, the musician gets a tool where he/she can express the music with less resistance from the instrument. Besides these features, I obviously want the guitar to have good volume and projection and to be easy to play. Simply put, be a lively musical instrument that creates pleasure and desire to express oneself musically.
Although I build an occasional cedar topped guitar I prefer to use spruce as I think of the latter as having a more interesting tone with a lot of colors to experience. Occasionally I also build with the doubletop technique and actually I was one of the very first in northern Europe to use this technique. My invention of routing the top for the Nomex has become one of the standard techniques now used globally.
I live together with my wife in the countryside 30 km east of Göteborg, Sweden’s second city at the west coast. I have three children who all have left home to explore another path of life than guitar making. But life is good anyway. 🙂 Everyone has to follow their own path of life and the guitar has clearly come to be my destiny. That is a good life and it keeps me enthusiastic to start every new morning.