Al Beardsell is a guitarmaker who thinks differently (so you don't have to). And he never stops innovating. Whether it's a hand-crafted individually cast tailpiece, hand-wound pickup, or multi-scale fan frets, every Beardsell is unique.
Al is always thinking about what will sound better, be more of a pleasure to play, be aesthetically more beautiful. He's imagining the instrument as a transparent interface, lifting any obstacles in the way between what you hear in your head and what you can play.
"All the experimental things worked; together, they did something amazing! — they were all in service to the sound and the playability, all about my interaction with the instrument." -- Henry Kaiser, Fretboard Journal
Al is a master luthier with over 25 years as a maker, and more than 35 years as a musician, so you can bet he's got a good handle on what works and what doesn't. He’s earned glowing profiles in Acoustic Guitar Magazine and The Fretboard Journal, and a growing list of satisfied customers that includes folk-punk darlings The Weakerthans, contemporary jazz luminary Henry Kaiser, and the legendary late Lou Reed, among others.
"It's hard to find the words. Yes, it's a work of art. The wood, the detail, the finish, all gorgeous. The asymmetrical neck section is super comfortable; plays like a dream, very comfortable. It's light-weight and resonant and the sound is orchestral." -- Michael Forbes, musician and owner of a Beardsell guitar
When you are playing a Beardsell guitar you are holding tradition and playing an instrument that you can apply your imagination to. It's the instrument that will bring your creative ideas to life.
The Beardsell 7E is a true semi-acoustic electric guitar - it responds in your hands like an acoustic archtop, but you can crank it up loud like the best of electric guitars. The guitar is designed for players, and has a shoulder appeal that would shame a Les Paul...
The Beardsell 7E is a true archtop semi acoustic guitar. The top is a hand-carved archtop, parallel braced and supporting only the bridge. There is a solid center-block that the pickups and tailpiece mount into and through, so the top plate is free to move with the strings vibrations...