Steel String Guitars


Features of the guitar:
Standard Mandolin
Goldfinch Mandolin
A5 Mandolin
Classical Mandolin
F5 Mandolin
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Red Spruce and Tasmanian Oak

Apologies for the "performance", I am not a guitar player, but listen to me doodling on a Red Spruce/Tasmanian Oak guitar.  I love this guitar, but my limited abilities does not do it justice.  I am using only a small part of it's huge dynamic range, but at least it does give some idea of the sound.

Also listen to a Carpathian Spruce/Rosewood guitar.  A different sound that I really like.  This was recorded when the guitar was only 2 weeks old.

Listen to a Red Spruce/Mahogany guitar.  I love the warm sound of Mahogany.

If you are lucky I may have a guitar for sale available immediately.


  • Option 1 - Based on the Martin OM, scale length 25.4" 14 frets to the body. 
  • Option 2 - 00 model with 24.9" scale length, 14 frets to the body. 
  • Option 3 - Tenor guitar, scale length 23" 14 frets to the body or 21" scale length 12 frets to the body.
  • Bolt on neck join
  • Schertler tuning machines(Gotah for the Tenor)
  • Nut width 44mm (33mm for the Tenor)
  • Choice of Carpathian Spruce or Red Spruce top.  Other woods may be possible depending on availability
  • Choice of Indian Rosewood, Mahogany (limited availability), Blackwood, Tasmanian Oak, or Tasmanian Myrtle back and sides.  Other woods may be possible depending on availability.
  • African Mahogany or Queensland Maple neck.
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Brazilian Rosewood or Blackwood bridge
  • Choice of wooden rosette with Paua Abalone
  • Fleur-de-lis inlay on headstock
  • Varnish or nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the body, varnish finish on the neck
  • McIntyre feather pickup installed as standard (an external preamp is required)
  • Hardshell case included as standard.  For the OM guitars a Hiscock case is supplied as standard.  Presto Case (recommended) at extra cost.

The guitars very responsive and have a warm, clear, clean and  sweet sound, similar to my mandolins (or so I have been told).  My ears (and other musicians) tell me that they are amongst some of the best sounding of the hand made small bodied guitars.

Finish: I prefer a varnish finish both for sound and beauty, but it is a softer finish that dents rather than scratches.  It is also a lot more work, particularly on a guitar.  However, I have so many comments from people on how much they like my varnish finishes that I have switched to varnish on the guitars as a standard offering.

Wood choice: The possibilities are endless, and is several lifetimes work, but I am trying to narrow the choices to woods I know work well in my instruments.   Red Spruce has more headroom than Carpathian, but it does take significantly more time to mature.  Carpathian has a slightly warmer sound as does Engelmann Spruce.  For the back, Tasmanian Oak is similar to Mahogany i.e. warmer tone, but it also has excellent clarity.  So summarising - Red Spruce, think big headroom, long time to mature.  Carpathian or Engelmann Spruce - very fine sound, quick to mature, smaller head room.  Tasmanian Oak or Mahogany - think warm, sweet tone, more fundamental.  Indian Rosewood, richness of tone, lots of overtones and more sparkle in the treble.  At the moment I am using mostly Red Spruce for tops because I like the big sound I get from it.