Ted Astrand


Before pursuing the art of luthiery I had training in both music, art and woodworking.
I studied a 3 year full-time guitar building course at The Academy of Musical Instruments in Stockholm, Sweden. I built classical , steel-string and archtop guitars. I received my bachelor’s degree in guitar building and passed the tests with honor for my journeymans certificate as a luthier. My passion has always been with the steel-string acoustic guitar so it came naturally to me to explore it further.

I was fortunate enough to become the first and only apprentice under Jason Kostal at Kostal Guitars. I travelled to Phoenix, Arizona to work under Jason to learn the approach of building a modern steelstring guitar and how to voice a guitar for maximum responsivness. Jason is a highly respected luthier worldwide and the tonality of his guitars has influenced the work I do today. I now build my guitars at a quiet spot just outside of Stockholm.

I am currently creating 8-10 guitars annually. Each part of the guitar is made completely by hand and with simple woodworking tools to achieve perfection both tonally and aesthetically. I spend around 200+ hours working on each instrument. From start to finish the instrument is built during a period of 3-4 months. I only use the best materials available and never rush any part of the process. I am a one man shop by choice which means that I can focus on only creating the highest quality craftmanship, tone and playability.



Swiss Moon Spruce Top. Madagascar Rosewood Back and Sides, Cut-Away, Ebony Fretboard, Bridge, Binding, 15 1/16″ Lower Bout, 25.5″ Scale Length

new with warranty

arriving Summer 2017

Custom Order

Symphontree Music has booked a custom build slot with Ted Astrand for late Spring 2017.

Ted Astrand


Ted Astrand hand crafts his guitars in Stockholm, Sweden.


Symphontree Music looks forward to seeing Ted’s work for the first time in 2017.