Biography of Anders L. Sterner

Anders Sterner grew up surrounded by music in one of the most traditional provinces in Sweden. At age five, he built Lego guitars and dreamt of being a carpenter. In second grade he studied the obligatory recorder, and was urged to continue further with wind instruments. Instead, Anders began studying classical guitar at nine, and instantly fell in love with that style of music. These formative years were often highlighted by vacations spent in Alicante, Mallorca, and Malaga, Spain, and the atmosphere of that country became a major influence in his life.

In 1978, at the age of 13, Anders and his parents moved to the United States leaving three older sisters behind in Europe. Throughout this time, guitar continued to be not so much a hobby as a passion and a best friend. In school, science was always of great interest to him, and he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Oregon.

In 1998, while working in his family's aviation business, good friend and great guitarist David Franzen invited him on a field trip. They went to visit the workshop of Robert and Orville Milburn, where the initial spark for lutherie was struck. Anders immediately started studying lutherie, and it became a full-time commitment in year 2000. After focusing on construction methods and quality control, Anders transitioned to full time acoustic research and development in 2002. He currently builds a limited number of instruments per year, choosing to focus on exceptional voicing and build-quality rather than quantity.