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Frans Elferink bio

Frans Elferink was born 1961 in Leiden (Netherlands) as the son of a mathematician. Raised in a musical family his interest in guitars had already started at the age of six. A television concert by Paco de Lucia was a breakthrough. From that day on he knew that the guitar would play a dominant role in the rest of his life. Frans Elferink started to play guitar at the age of ten. He first studied classical guitar. At the age of fourteen he started to play in a number of rock and roll and blues bands. During that time he made his first solid body guitars. At the age of 18 he studied electronics. He received his degree in electronics when he was 24 years old. After his study he started a hiring and development company in public address systems.

 

He considers this as the practical school how to do woodworking, acoustics, electronics and running a business. He did a lot of concerts as sound engineer with professional bands, played guitar in his own band and made solid body guitars. At the age of 32 he started making archtop guitars. At present Frans Elferink produces about eight high end custom archtop guitars a year. His guitars are sold all over the world to professional musicians and collectors of fine archtop guitars. Repair work and the development and production of guitar preamps, pickups and other electronics complete the range of his business activities.