“I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink Moon gonna get you all”

Nick Drake

“The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind”


Kamasi Washington


Ted Astrand

Sept 8 9:00 am “The Copper River”



Soundboard European Spruce Picea abies

  Back, Sides,  Madagascar Rosewood Dalbergia maritima

Neck Honduran Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla

Bridge, Fretboard Ebony Diospyros


LOWER BOUT 15 1/16″(385mm)
BODY LENGTH 19 9/16(497mm)
UPPER BOUT 10 55/64″(276mm)
NUT WIDTH 1 3/4″



1.Chordal Response:  a fast-warmilliance energy, balanced- light complex chordal weight with a decadent developed spectrum,  4.80
𝑑1 = 4.80   ( 5-n) +1 =1.80 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  12 secs  excellent complex sustain with upper/ lower partials, expertly balanced   4.85
𝑑2 = 4.85 ( 5-n) +1 =1.85 )
3. Basic volume and presence: a balanced, comforting forte guitar, idyllic mezzo piano recording voice, dynamic, complex, great fundamental, dissonant clarity result of fundamental production,      4.8
𝑑3 =4.8 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.8)
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus,  exceptional  highs, mids, warm productive bass. wet and dry notes, possible, immaculate articulation     5.0
𝑑4 =5.0 ( 5-n) +1 =2.0)

5.Systematic sustain: precise roaming sustain capable of picking up speed, wet and dry response possible, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style  4.85
𝑑5 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85)
6. Response compliance: energetic, lively response with balanced finish, active and balanced spectrum, intimate, pleasing, hifi      4.85
𝑑6 = 4.85 ( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.85 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: very well balanced, idyllic mezzo piano recording voice, an enthusiastic fun voice, inviting, vibrant harmonics, effortless playability, amazing articulation, sweet and tarty           4.85
𝑑7 = 4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are very well balanced, refined sound with expert articulation, great fundamental, 4.9
𝑑8 = 4.9 ( 4.9-n) +1 =1.9 )
9. Tone projection: firm projecting box, very well balanced, decadent tone production, airy and sauve with some swagger, crisp radiant-highs      4.85
𝑑9 =4.85 ( 5-n) +1 =1.85)
10. A large dynamic range: a large array of full bodied dynamics, soft, open, sweet, bright, tamarind punch with pickled ginger finish, “perfect” guitar recording tone, amazing articulation opens up precise physical harmonic timbres  4.85
𝑑10 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 = 1.85 )

11. Tonal bloom: full almost unnoticeable bloom cycles, medium response, crisp idyllic piano like voice   4.85
𝑑11 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85)


Quality Of Tone

This OM C has a particular flavour of tone. It is impressive immediately due to the extreme playability as well as ability to produce great sounds with no effort.  An open string ringing has complexities and subtleties that make it unique to the same note fretted. An overall complex soundscape of energy is evaporated through the soundboard with more brilliance and presence then bass and warmth. This creates what I can only compare to a piano like spectrum of tone paired with immaculate articulation. In a recording scenario the guitar cooperates in every-way it can, making it a very precise tool for producing high quality audio with effortless ease-ability.





An enthusiastic response to even the slightest of touch paired with sweet dark takings of Brazilian Rosewood. This instrument presents a colourful spectrum of traditional nuances enriched with clear defined flavours from the classical realm.  Servings of cathedral-like sound swimming in overtones, capable of inspiring an emotional connection with listeners and players.  This OO-R presents a full bodied sound with an even concert balance, full of rich overtones and strong supportive fundamental.. Truly an exquisite instrument with tremendous musical potential.



∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)=19.8
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = 19.8 / T
𝐏= 19.8/ 22 ≅ 9/10 ≅ 90%

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem


This is an Astrand Guitars original design. The concept was to design a quintessential A OM-C utilizing some of Ted’s finest materials. This guitar was crafted in Ted Astrand’s shop in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Notion of Design

The vision was to craft the most intimate and comfortable fingerstyle instrument possible that married Teds luthiery experience with his finest materials.

I normally recommend the MadRose/Euro spruce combo for fingerstyle players that play in allot of open dropped tunings. I think the Madagascar gives a great clarity in the trebles which is rather nice when dropping the trebles. Works very nice in Dadgad etc.. Ted Astrand 


Ted’s craftsmanship is extraordinarily clean. The lines all fit perfectly and are placed exactly where they need to be to create a complex  original subject that seconds as a music making machine. There is an immediate sense of respect for the builder from the moment you lay eyes on the guitar due to the flawless execution of the instrument. This is part of what makes an Astrand guitar so special.

The overall setup of the instrument is among the best I have ever played from any luthier. This is especially difficult to manage when a guitar travels across the seas. From my experience with this Astrand OM I would say Ted’s overall level of craftsmanship can only be compared to master luthiers in their prime.





Sept 8 9:50am  Copper River


“All things must die, and great art must be a living thing, or it is not art at all”

Bill Reid