ØIVIN FJELD, CHINA, CIRCA 2008
ØIVIN FJELD, CHINA, CIRCA 2008
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AN ELECTRIC LAP STEEL GUITAR, THE G-SHARP, OF-1

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ØIVIN FJELD, CHINA, CIRCA 2008
AN ELECTRIC LAP STEEL GUITAR, THE G-SHARP, OF-1
The logo ‘G#’ and ‘OIVIN FJELD’ applied at the headstock, serial number ‘YAHG4484’ at the heel, of a sunburst finish, together with a soft case and manufacturer’s literature
Length of back 12 in. (30.7 cm.)
ØIVIN FJELD
Sale room notice
Mark Knopfler plans to donate no less than 25% of the total hammer price received, to be split equally between The British Red Cross Society (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 220949, Scotland with charity number SC037738, Isle of Man with charity number 0752, and Jersey with charity number 430), Brave Hearts of the North East (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1006247) and the Tusk Trust Limited (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1186533).

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Lot Essay


Before the show in Oslo on 20 April 2008 during the Kill To Get Crimson Tour, Øivin Fjeld presented Mark Knopfler with two short-scale G-Sharp guitars – one with a rosewood and one with a maple neck. A third G-Sharp was presented to keyboardist Guy Fletcher. According to Guy, Mark thought the G-Sharp was 'excellent, especially the resonance and overall feel and build quality of the instrument.'

Knopfler told us: 'Sometimes you’d be on tour and the maker would bring guitars to the venue at soundcheck time in the afternoon. I always try to see them, always try to play ‘em, and always give ‘em a fair shake because, you know, you realise what a thing you’ve taken on if you want to build something, and build something well.'

ØIVIN FJELD - THE G-SHARP
The travel-sized G-sharp or G# guitar was invented by the Norwegian luthier Øivin Fjeld in 1997. In the standard model, such as the present lot, it is fitted with a single-coil pickup over a design simulating a soundhole. As is indicated by the name, the guitar is tuned to G-sharp due to the short scale length and the 'lack' of the first four frets.

Whilst Fjeld did not intend to commercialise his invention, he did put a small number of guitars into production and the model began to attract attention and orders via word of mouth. The OF-1 was put into production in 2005. Fjeld took his guitar to the NAMM show in Anaheim California in 2006 where it received a rapturous response and thousands of orders, as well as approaches from US distributors and Fender. Since 2014 the G-Sharp name has been owned by Frank Pedersen, a US-based Norwegian.

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