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Another Carl Anderson Instrument

Additional research has revealed that Carl C. Anderson was active in San Francisco from at least 1893 until 1911. He listed himself in the SF directories as a "musical instrument manufacturer." He seems to have fairly peripatetic, having changed business addresses almost every year. In 1905 (before the earthquake and fire) he listed his address as 106 Golden Gate Ave, in 1907 (after the earthquake and fire) he was at 1205-1/2 Golden Gate Ave, and in 1911 at 804 Polk St. He seems to have worked out of his home because the maps of that period show those addresses as residences.

Keith Duncan of Portland recently found a Carl Anderson "parlor" guitar in a Goodwill in Portland with a hand written label dated 1893. This is the earliest Anderson guitar on record so far.

This small bodied guitar is in good condition for being almost 120 years old, with only a couple of small repairs visible in the photos. The Martin-style bridge looks to be a replacement, based on the marks around it on the top.

Photos courtesy of and copyright by Keith Duncan.


Posted by Charles under Acoustic GuitarsMiscellaneous on 06/20

Carl C. Anderson - San Francisco Luthier

Shooting the Anderson mandolin for Steve Baughman led me to begin researching to learn more about the man and his instruments. A visit to Frank Ford's "museum" revealed two more instruments made by Anderson, another, very similar mandolin made after the earthquake and fire in 1907, and a guitar with an unusual cutaway dated "1902/03."

Some further research found a "hollow arm" guitar (a predecessor to modern harp guitars), made by Anderson in 1895, but the only evidence of this instruments are some low-resolution pictures from an eBay auction.

The label in the hollow arm guitar lists Anderson's business address as "503 Post St." which is at the corner of Post and Mason.

Over the next few months, I will be looking further into Anderson's history and hope to bring more details to light about an early San Francisco luthier at the turn of the last century.

Posted by Charles under Acoustic GuitarsOther Stringed Instruments on 05/27

Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Two pictures I took of Tony Yamamoto's Multi-Scale 7- and 12-string guitars were used in an article about Tony in the July issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. You can read the article online here. Due to an error at their end, I wasn't credited for the photos in the print version.

Posted by Charles under Acoustic Guitars on 05/19

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