STEEL STRING GUITARS

Three sizes – small, medium and large. A hand-rubbed satin nitrocellulose finish is standard. I fit Gotoh tuners, or Waverleys for a slotted head.

Prices are from £2550

Estuary

The 'Estuary' model. My small guitar is a little unusual. It’s the same shape and size as my 1864 classical guitar, but obviously put together differently. I don’t have the Mississippi Delta nearby to inspire southern blues playing, but I do have the Thames Estuary just down the road for your English Blues. A slotted head is a nice option. Scale length 630. 14 frets to the body, or 12 if you don’t mind losing access to a couple of frets.

Dimensions:
  • ​ Upper bout 265 mm
  • ​Waist 222 mm
  • ​Lower bout 354 mm
  • ​Body length 477 mm​
  • ​​Body depth 105 – 85 mm

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Michael Watts demo of Estuary

Recorded flat, no effects



505

The '505' model.
My large guitar - named after the length of the body. A slightly square-shouldered guitar, comparable to a Martin 0000 model.
Rounded cutaway option (venetian), not the pointy one, scale length 645 mm. 14 frets to the body.

Dimensions:
  • ​​Upper bout 300 mm
  • ​​Waist 255 mm
  • ​​Lower bout 400 mm
  • ​​Body length 505 mm​
  • ​​​Body depth 105 - 85 mm

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Michael Watts demo of 505

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Southfields

The 'Southfields' model. My medium size guitar is roughly 000 size, shape similar '505' but a little smaller. Scale length 645 or 630. Venetian cutaway option. 14 frets to the body.

Dimensions:
  • ​​Upper bout 285 mm
  • ​​Waist 240 mm
  • ​​Lower bout 380 mm
  • ​​Body length 492mm
  • ​​​Body depth 105 - 85mm

Early versions of these - as in the pictures - were made with a raised fingerboard, and a high bridge strung through to a tailpiece. I can do this again – it works well.


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Michael Watts demo of Southfields

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