Åstrand Custom Å-OM Cocobolo / Swiss Alpine Spruce!
Ted Åstrand's beautifully clean work never fails to impress us. He just sent through an absolutely sublime Å-OM in Cocobolo and Swiss Spruce that was a bespoke build for one of our clients. It is absolutely superb and we are very grateful to have been allowed enough time with it to get it filmed and photographed!
We love the way Ted allows the natural beauty of the materials he uses to shine though. The Cocobolo rosette with the sapwood is nothing short of stunning.
The back of this guitar shows Cocobolo at its best, elegantly framed with Ebony bindings. Just mesmerising! The dark grain and "Spiderwebbing" are normally only found in the finest Brazilian Rosewood.
In the picture below you can see one of the custom options, a beautifully judged soundport. This port gives the player a more "3-D" experience without sacrificing passenger-side power and detail.
The 12th fret features a hand-carved Celtic 4-heart Knotwork inlay which stands out beautifully against the super-clean lines of the jet black Ebony fingerboard.
Another bespoke touch is this beautifully executed slotted headstock with a Cocobolo face plate and Ted's logo inlaid in Sterling Silver. While it's relatively rare to see a slot-head on a modern guitar, in this case it looks absolutely gorgeous! The Waverly keys with Ebony buttons keep the tuning rock solid too.
This guitar is now with its new owner who sent the following testimony:
High praise indeed and richly deserved. This guitar was an absolute joy to record. Check it out in the demo video below!
If you'd like to know more about Åstrand guitars, or to talk further about a bespoke build please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org