In 1995 Sander started to work as an apprentice with another luthier. In 1996 he started his own company. During the first years he did mostly repairs, and a few custom guitars. It was a great learning period about guitars and the way they play and sound. Then Sander got interested in building acoustic guitars. The Transgression model was born, named so because it was a free and artistic approach to acoustic guitar making. It was an asymmetrical steelstring with the bridge in the center of the moving part of the top, much like a speaker. The sound was very rich but the need arose for a more traditional model called Progression. Sadly there was very little interest in these guitars, while orders for custom electrics kept coming in. Sander also realised that he liked to spray all kinds of colors, so the move from acoustics to electrics felt very natural.
The first 2 models were a bass and a guitar. The bass was called Origin, because bass is at the foundation of music. It was a free design that fitted the times. Exotic woods, 24 frets, laminates, pickups with switching options, diverse preamp, etc. Later on it received the extension ‘deluxe’ when Sander designed a version with more traditional looks and a pickguard, the ‘custom’.
The guitarmodel Sander had designed was called Reflection. It was a mix and match of all the things he liked from variuous other guitars. The body was Fenderish, the neck had a soft V shape, the headstock was angled with 3by3 tuners, the pickguard could contain all kinds of pickups, the bridge was a stoptail or a trem. It was a cool guitar, actually ahead of its time. By the time the model was discontinued it became popular to have a pawnshop guitar, a jagstang, a Fano, and so on, guitars that were all mix and matched designs.