Anton Sandner No. 13, 2018

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Instrument: Anton Sandner is a legend among German guitar makers. He is the last still active... more
Anton Sandner No. 13, 2018

Anton Sandner is a legend among German guitar makers. He is the last still active master from the great German post war jazz guitar era. To this day, he is still standing at his workbench in Bubenreuth, but he no longer builds such elaborate archtops. Probably, the No. 13 is the last individual masterpiece from his hands - in 2018 he was 79 years old! Why the guitar bears the number 13, we do not know, Sandner's numberings and namings have not always been conclusive through the years. In any case, this guitar is a master instrument of the very highest quality and perfect construction, which needs not fear comparison with the most renowned guitar builders of the 20th century.

Instruments history:
The guitar was made as a unique piece as an order of a customer - unfortunately the customer never picked it up after completion, why, we do not know. It then remained for some time at Anton Sandner in Bubenreuth, was also lent and played from time to time, but not sold. Until a renowned German collector came along and bought up a total of four high-quality guitars of various designs that had remained in the workshop. We discovered them at his place and gladly took them over - we are happy to be able to offer this wonderful instrument here.

Only the very best materials were used here in all details! All woods come from Sandner's own stock and are at least 50 years old. The top is made of solid Alpine spruce and is of course hand-carved. Just like the solid back, like the sides made of beautifully flamed maple. The neck is glued in five parts lengthwise - including the headstock in one piece throughout. Two pieces of flamed maple on the outside, then two narrow rosewood strips and a piece of beech in the middle. On top of that, of course, an ebony fingerboard with large genuine mother-of-pearl inlays in eight frets, plus dot markers on the sides. The headstock also has an ebony cover with genuine mother-of-pearl inlays. The pickguard is massive and made of dark stained rosewood. The body has a Florentine cutaway with a sharp end. Up to five-ply, thick bindings around the body, soundholes, fingerboard and headstock. Standard is the ebony Höfner bridge, Sandner likes to use, as well as a solid ABM-Müller tailpiece in lyra design. The encapsulated and chromed tuners are Schaller toplockers.

For sound amplification serves the thousandfold proven and legendary Shadow Zoller pickup, a humbucker mounted at the end of the neck. It is controlled by two thumbwheels mounted under the pickguard for volume and tone. The standard jack socket is located in the strap button.

Restoration work:
Complete cleaning, all lacquer surfaces have been extensively bale polished. We oiled the fingerboard and polished the frets, as well as the hardware. A small hole in the pickguard has been closed, we don't know how it got there. Finally, we mounted 12 flatwounds from Pyramid and did a basic setup.

Current condition:
Of course the guitar is in pristine condition! Playing marks you have to literally look for with a magnifying glass and except for the closed hole in the pickguard there are no flaws. This is a premium archtop in the best German jazz guitar tradition, but highly modern and up to date. Visually, bling-bling does not dominate, but serious elegance, whose details, however, show uncompromising quality, whether in the perfect finish, the Florentine cutaway, the mother-of-pearl inlays or the high-quality hardware - it doesn't get any better than this. The color scheme is classic, the cognac-brown color flow harmonizing perfectly with the matte black and creamy white details. The lacquer surfaces shine with wonderful depth. The fingerboard, which is pleasantly wide for an archtop at 4.6 mm at the zero fret, plays like butter, and the neck, which is slightly flattened at the back, fits perfectly in the hand; we have here a mixture between D and Modern Oval profiles. With a base like this, you can expect nothing but the best in terms of sound, and the Sandner delivers! This is already unamplified one of the warmest and woodiest archtops we know, combined with real punch, clean, clear and lightning fast response and perfectly balanced frequencies across the range. The unsurpassable Zoller pickup then only upgrades all of this. Here come the softest jazz sounds just as slightly overdriven rockabilly sounds. But our first recommendation goes in the direction of Oberkrainer: We claim that this Sandner easily puts any Framus AZ10 or LP10 and even the fantastic guitars of Aleš Erman in their place! There are over 60 years of experience in guitar making in this Sandner. A player, a collector's item, a tool for professionals – a guitar for a lifetime!

Overall length 42.5"/108 cm; body length 21.3"/54 cm; lower bout width 16.8"/42,7 cm; waist width 11.4"/29 cm; upper bout width 12.6"/32 cm; body depth 3.3"/8,5 cm; scale length 25.2"/64 cm (zero fret to saddle); fingerboard width 1.8"/4,6 cm at nut, 2.2"/5,6 cm at body; overall weight 2.770 g; string action on 12th fret 0.04-0.08"/1-2 mm.

The guitar comes with a stable, black hardshell case with thick, dark gray lining. Unfortunately there are no keys left.

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