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No: 101 delivered to Jürg Nietlispach.



No: 100 delivered to Christian Berger.


The homepage crashed and a lot of pics from my recent buildings where lost…her I put up some of them.





Ein kleine 12-saitige guitar with a special neck through construction. No string load at all to the body, just some very light pressure on the sound board. The guitar is also built with adjustable neck angle like the most of my instruments. That makes it very easy to adjust the string action. This guitar have european spruce for the top and birch wood for the back and sides, both those woods have been dried for 80 years.  The totally relaxed and light built top gives this small guitar a deep, fast and big sound.

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A left handed nylon strunged guitar for André Bussmann. A lot of own design wishes from the customer makes this guitar very personal. A soft rounded arm bevel, a conical cutaway, customer designed rosette are just some of the specials.

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Mattias Perez asked me to build him a steel strunged ronrocon and so I did!

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Three electric guitars that I build, for sale!

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A cittern build for Dieter Ringli. Notice the very nice figured pear wood for the backs and sides.

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This one I build for the Swedish guitarist Hampus Grönberg and it has a special body shape that gives the player the possibility to reach two extra frets without a “normal” cutaway. It also features two quarter tone frets that is possible to intonate and also to easy remove.

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This octave mandolin have top of old european spruce, dryed for 80 years! Back and sides from swiss cherry, neck from swiss maple and fretboard plus bridge are made of plum wood. This one is actualy (as I write this) for sale, price 3.500 CHF. Contact me too see if it still around or if you want any other info. Mail to

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Have been busy building but as you can see now I am finally loading up some pics on some of the instruments I build. This one I build for the Swiss singer/songwriter Claudio Marrari. Swiss alpine spruce, Swiss alpine maple and Swiss Robina wood.

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A 12-stringed folkguitar build for the Swedish musician Pär Kunze. Off course all hot hide glue, Swiss woods and hand applied spirit varnish.

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A mandolin now found its home in a fabulous musicans family in Switzerland.

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Another 5-stringed fiddle, build with all Swiss wood.

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A new cittern for Oskar Reuter. All swiss wood.

20/3-17  Custom build soprano guitar for August Rex. A lot of free clearance to the higher frets was a big need so I had to come up with this body shape to make that possible. All swiss wood.

1/3-17   A five stringed fiddle build from all swiss wood and with an integrated Runesson mic. This fiddle is now the main fiddle of the musician Ursina Kappenberger.

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1/3-17 Slide show with building pics from the five stringed violin I finished in the end of 2016.

 14/4-16 Walnut and maple, not just for ice-cream…

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14/1-16 Some new guitars that is for sale at Gitarren Total in Zürich. All Swiss wood!



25/11-15 A videoclip with Thomas Sonderegger playing his song “The Red Moon” on his no75. The sound is all from the installed K&K trinity system that I mounted for him in the guitar.

25/11-15 Carving on a headstock….

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28/7-15 Thomas Sonderegger picking up his new guitar.


18/7-15 I now build my 75:th instrument, a 01-model special. It was meant to go for sale in the best guitar shop in the country but it didn´t last longer than 6 days before it was sold in my work shop…Some pics on the guitar, just swiss wood!

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15/7-2015 A new 001 model ready and delivered. Just Swiss wood.

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2/6-2015 FOR SALE A new Runesson Baritone guitar with slightly fanned frets and all Swiss wood. Contact me for more info,


2/6-2015 Perry Stenbäck on a Runesson 001-special

26/3-2015 The Irish duo Francis Scattergood & Brian Cleary playing a tune on their new Runesson instruments. Feels good to have some instruments in Ireland too, especially in the hands of two so fine musicians!


20/4-2015 Runesson 001-special with its new owner Othmar. All build in Swiss wood and my new antique varnish.


26/10-2014 Pictures of two new 01-special model that I finished some weeks ago.  All Swiss wood!

26/10-2014 A nice recording from Johannes Wennrich playing his Runesson OS-model in NDR, North German Broadcasting. See it here:

28/8-2014 The new owner of the reddish octave mandolin sent me a nice photo of her and the octavemandolin in the Swedish sunset.

3/8-2014 Two new octave mandolins have been finished. Both built from all Swiss wood, glued with hot hide glue and handbrushed with spirit varnish before the polishing with shellac.

17/5-2014 I´ve been updating the homesite. Among some other small things there are now a lot of new videos under “References/media”.

2/5-2014 The new guitar for Rolf with Swiss alpine spruce for the sound board and back/sides in walnut. The guitar feutere my adjustable neck angle to set the perfect string action. Also the bridge with adjustable intonation was a wish from Rolf.  A light and responsive guitar with a rich and sparkling tone.

2/5-2014 A new Runesson Concert ukulele build for Mathias Pap. All European wood, hand brushed spiritus laquer and hot hide glue.

23/3-2014 Johannes Wennrich plays on his new Runesson on German TV with Anett Louisan.

The music starts at about 12:46

2/2-2014 I do have some Runesson guitars and mandolins  for sale. Contact me for more info!

2/2-2014 Nice video with Oskar Reuter playing his Runesson mandolin/mandola in his band The woods:

2/2-2014 A folk and blues guitar that I build for Christoph Greuter.
Christoph picking it up and picking it….

To hear more and also see some photos from the building process, check out the video:

Build from mostly Swiss FSC-certified wood. Swiss alpine spruce top, Swiss alpine maple
back/sides and Swiss alpine maple neck. Fretboard and bridge made of Rosewood.

2/2-2014 Have been busy in my workshop with building and repairwork.
Here are some pics on one flamencoguitar that I recently finished.

Together with the new owner:

5/10-2013 Nice visit in the workshop when Werni picked up his new Runesson asymetric guitar today.

5/10-2013 A new totally asymetric guitar. Alpine spruce, alpine maple, cherry and plumwood.
Just fantastic Swiss wood. Feels good.

2/9-2013 Some months ago I also did a rennaissance inspired guitar. All Swiss and FSC-certified

wood. For sale.

2/9-2013 Finally some pictures of the Swiss Halszithern that I made some months ago.

All Swiss FSC-certified wood and decorated with pyrography. For sale!

2/9-2013 A photograph here in Winterthur, named Stefan Schaufelberger, have done a short film in my workshop.

You can see more of his brilliant work here:Facebook or here.

Tyko Runesson – Der Gitarrenbauer from Eine von Tausend on Vimeo.

16/4-2013 Just started to build a Swiss Halszithern from all local wood.


Just stringed up a model 01 Special last week and today it was delivered to its new owner. Buld of all Swiss wood, all through not a piece of rainforest! A very light and responsive well articulated instrument. Hot hide glue and hand brushed on spirit varnish as on all my instruments.

15/4 2013

The first Runesson baritone guitar build and sold. Here is a demovideo for it:

2/1 2013

Just delivered a 10-stringed mandolin with fanned frets to Oskar Reuter, a fine Swedish musician.


A customer wanted to have his old Tennis racket converted

into an instrument with four strings….

Here is some pictures from that project.

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9/9 -2012

I got my sign up now, so look out for the golden guitar at Neustadtgasse 3!


I am currently moving to a new workshop at Neustadtgasse 3 in Winterthur.

Here I will have much more space for building and  repairs. Plus more light and airy athmosphere thanks to the  big windows and open space.

Soon I will also have a small but fine selection of old and almost antique quality

instruments for sale. Restored and guaranteed by me.

I wish you all very welcome at the new

opening 17:th of august!


I finally got a photo of Frank Playing his new Runesson Octavemandolin. Meanwhile I have almost

finished another similar Octavemandolin that will be ready for sale in a short time.

I am also working on

a 10-stringed Cittern that is a special custom order.


Three days ago I strunged up the new octave mandolin and today it was bought by a fine musician!

So no octave mandolin to show on EWOB next week, sorry…


Two new guitars ready and for sale right now!



I am currently working on Guitar No50 and No 49 in my work shop. No50 is a parlor guitar made in the same shape as No 25 – the R2-18 and it will  have some special features. For example a striking back made of 9 strips of Brazilian Rosewood with mahogany veneér between each strip. Sides Brazilian RW and the top of Swiss mountain Spruce. It will have a adjustable neck angle for easy adjustment of the string action and a sound hole inlay  made of square mother of pearl into a black background.

No49 is a 01 model built of Swiss alpine spruce and German Cherry.

Both guitars will be for sale probably in March.


Quirico Punzi picking up his new Runesson Octave mandolin in the work shop.

5/11 2011 A new sopranoukulele made with soundboard of Swiss alpine spruce,flamed Swiss alpine maple in back and sides and neck made of ash.
 Duncan James plays the new sopranoukulele:
15/10-2011Just finished a Romantic style guitar. Swiss alpine spruceand flamed Swiss alpine maple combined with some ebony and mother of pearl.
15/9-2911 Brett Davidson playing his Runesson 01 model with Captain Ludd.
31/8 2011 Bobby Vacant is picking up his new Custom OS model in
the workshop
And trying it out:


24/6 2011 New photos of “The flower”.10/6 2011 Delivered the new custom special Parlor guitar “The flower”.
2-4/6 2011 Have been showing my instruments on EWOB in Holland. Thanks to all of the nice musicians that have been  visiting my table!
8/3 2011 New Blogtext!8/3 2011 Site upgraded with new instrument pics, links and filmclips.
26/7 2010 Two new guitars and two new ukuleles in the blog.12/6 2010  Runessonguitars got it´s own  myspacesite.
1/6 2010 New homesite is under open contruction….
15/5 2010 The build of the ultimate folkmusicguitar started Read more…05






















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