I am very excited to announce that Lars Whitman will be carrying on the torch for Carig Anderson Guitars! I have handed over evrything to Lars and he will be building his own guitars starting with the same models I have built.
Lars will be announcing his new business (including a new brand name) in the upcoming months. Stay tuned to this website for links to see and hear more as things develop.
Below is a shot of several A-1s.
Below is a shot of my smaller A-2 model. It's very sweet! Also has a great sound for flat picking, just different. My good buddy plays one and he's a big cross-picking guy.
Th A-2 pictured below has a pyramid bridge, that makes it a wider string spacing at the bridge- good for fingerstyle.
I built guitars for 15 years and built many shapes and sizes.
I started by building my guitar using traditional methods and materials. Then I started using some of the high tech materials and techniques that are cutting edge for the lutherie world. I discovered that, for me, the traditional way is the most direct and truest form of building. I was happiest when I was making traditionally built, very light, responsive guitars that have an open and rich voice. (I did use graphite rods in the necks of my guitars because using them does increase the stability of the neck.)
Using my hand picked materials that include spruce recovered from old Vermont covered bridge beams and homegrown fiddleback maple (I really did indulge myself here) I had a great palate to work from and this is where I began each guitar I was building, from a quiet and contemplative space where I conceived the sound I was trying to achieve and then, testing, listening, feeling with my hands I walked through a familiar and wonderful string of steps that finally came to fruition as a lovely guitar.
The above image was taken during construction of the guitar. It's a Brazilian rosewood A-1C. Cool wood, huh?