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    Not to long ago Frans posted some pictures of his "1925 Elferink Master 400 Stromberg" on Facebook. I had seen and read his occasional posts to do with "guitar physics", with mild interest I might add, but that was all I knew of him.
    Anyway, I was so taken back by this guitar I decided to do some research on Frans, mainly on this site, thanks Rob MacKillop BTW, and others as well. I was convinced! Thankyou all!
    My dream has been to own a "Stromberg Master 400 Cutaway". Very rare, only 6 made it seems, and for reasons we don't know they were 18.25" lower bout instead of 19.25. But I can't afford one
    So, after many emails between myself and Frans I thought I should let the Forum know that Frans has agreed to make me an "1825 Elferink Master 400 Stromberg Cutaway", same upper and lower bout and depth dimensions as the original Master 400 Cutaway, "single diagonal brace", 25 1/2" scale, 1 3/4" nut, but same finish and ornamentation as his "1925". We are both very excited about this project I can tell you!.
    Probably finished by Oct/Nov. So I will post the pictures of the progress of this guitar as I get them from Frans.
    Well.........that's if anybody is interested of course
    Last edited by grantc; 09-14-2019 at 07:16 AM. Reason: Latest Progress Pics

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    I'm sure there will be great interest. What a fantastic idea, and you've picked the right guy to make it for you. I look forward to the unfolding story!

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    Here is Frans today with that guitar

    (at NL guitar show)

    Frans Elferink "Stromberg Master 400 Cutaway"-d6ebfc03-22f5-4587-bbcd-71f46b5f0baa-jpg
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    Thanks Rob for your positive response.

    and......

    Yes fws6......that's the 1925! Thanks for the picture!

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    I for one would love to see the pictures of this Elferink guitar when it is finished as well as hear it being played!

    Keep us posted.

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    Steven Herron
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Herron View Post
    I for one would love to see the pictures of this Elferink guitar when it is finished as well as hear it being played!

    Keep us posted.

    Regards,
    Steven Herron
    Jazz Science Series For Guitar
    That goes for me too. Love his work! Congrats

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    Franz builds wonderful Archtop guitars. My Elferink Tone Master just keeps getting better sounding all the time .

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    There was also a demo concert with the guitar

    i ll try to upload or place a link later
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    Very nice

    Would love to get one myself ...

    Triggs also offers something similar for those of us on the US side of the pond

    Looking at Elferink's website makes me want one of his Avant Gardes as well

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    Buy mine it is 18 inches and clearly is not a Stromberg (D'a inspired) in looks but will do the dance.
    specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Herron View Post
    I for one would love to see the pictures of this Elferink guitar when it is finished as well as hear it being played!

    Keep us posted.

    Regards,
    Steven Herron
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    Thanks Steven.........FWIW, even Frans said he couldn't wait to hear it

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    Quote Originally Posted by deacon Mark View Post
    Buy mine it is 18 inches and clearly is not a Stromberg (D'a inspired) in looks but will do the dance.
    Thanks for the offer Mark but I already have a Sonntag 18" X Braced Augusta (D'Angelico inspired)
    Great guitar might I say

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    Quote Originally Posted by fws6 View Post
    There was also a demo concert with the guitar

    i ll try to upload or place a link later
    Thanks.......I will look forward to this link or upload

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    Frans Elferink "Stromberg Master 400 Cutaway"-42f6225a-786b-4192-864b-60e6af4635e7-jpg

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    My goodness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedawg View Post
    Triggs also offers something similar for those of us on the US side of the pond
    He does - and also for, those of us in Europe (though shipping, customs and VAT wil have to be added to Jim's price). Here's the one Jim made for me. If Frans Elferink had been into those big guitars when I got mine made, I could well have had him make it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by oldane View Post
    He does - and also for, those of us in Europe (though shipping, customs and VAT wil have to be added to Jim's price). Here's the one Jim made for me. If Frans Elferink had been into those big guitars when I got mine made, I could well have had him make it.



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    That looks awesome!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldane View Post
    He does - and also for, those of us in Europe (though shipping, customs and VAT wil have to be added to Jim's price). Here's the one Jim made for me. If Frans Elferink had been into those big guitars when I got mine made, I could well have had him make it.



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    Thanks Oldane for the picture.........very nice indeed. Jim Triggs certainly does good work!

    Here is a picture of Irving Ashby playing his Master 400 Cutaway with Nat King Cole. This is the guitar that Frans is building for me If you search Youtube - Nat King Cole Irving Ashby there are a few live vids as well.
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    One more
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    Tone Woods selected..........The journey begins
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    Quote Originally Posted by fws6 View Post
    There was also a demo concert with the guitar

    i ll try to upload or place a link later
    Legend has it that Hank Garland played his Stromberg on, "Always,"



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    Hmmm
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    Watching this thread with great interest. I don't think I've ever held an 18inch instrument...
    What a fantastic journey to share with such a talented luthier.
    Jared

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dedalus View Post
    Watching this thread with great interest. I don't think I've ever held an 18inch instrument...
    What a fantastic journey to share with such a talented luthier.
    Yes.......a fantastic journey indeed.......especially because of the "single diagonal brace" construction same as the original Strombergs

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    Looking good!

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    The next time I'm visiting my dutch friends I'll definitely have to stop by Frans' workshop - must be close to Nirvana for any archtop lover - like : I musta died and went to heaven !

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    I'll say it again Franz Elferink builds some great guitars at very reasonable prices!

    Love my Elferink Tonemaster archtop!

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    Can't give enough Likes for your incoming guitar, grantc.

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    grantc, i received a 18" archtop from Frans earlyer this year. It's a great instrument and i'm sure you'll be as happy with your Stromberg copy as i am with my Excalibur.

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