Passion, heart blood, sublime craftsmanship and a bit of madness.
Henning Hansen is not an average luthier.
Since 1984 he has dedicated his life to building exclusive instruments, which today has made him the country’s most sought luthier.
Like so many others Hansen began playing guitar because he wanted to impress the girls. He built his first guitar with help from his father, and even though Hansen found that it was not easy to build a good instrument, he was hooked.
For years Hansen build and repaired guitars on the side, while he trained as a surveyor. But a dream of building instruments full time arose. It was so strong that he really threw himself into it, and began to improve his skills as a luthier. It has since resulted in hundreds of experiments with everything from old motor oil, corrosive hydrochloric acid, wood left in the moors and new half-mad experiments are still going on in the workshop.
The search for the perfect sound and look became an obsession to Hansen, and still is to this day. Today Hansen is one of the most reputable and highly respected luthiers, among Danish musicians – both professional and amateurs.
More and more people play Hansens instruments rather than the mainstream brands. The crisp sound, the looks, and sublime craftsmanship, is what makes a Hansen guitar.
Norwegian Moose bone
To make the nut’s on our guitars, we do use real moose bone from Norway, this is sourced from a genuine moose hunter, we buried the bones for a year and let nature take it’s course. This leaves us with hard, clean beautiful coloured bone, ready for cutting shaping and aging, to make the perfect guitar nut.
Wood experiments in the moor
Very light weight mahogany is used exclusively as body wood and does indeed sound different from the Alder and Ash normally used for body wood on T and S styled guitars, but this gives you a very light resonant guitar, much lighter then most guitars, this is much harder to find than the heavier mahogany, but we love the tonal quality this wood gives us, lot’s of lower mids, sweet top end. And a tone character of our own.
After a few years in the moor and a couple of years of drying the wood gets even greater.