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Flat-top Guitars


NEW in 2018 -- Flat-top acoustic guitars, inspired by the classic Martin Guitar Company, but with a modern twist, and done my way in a one man custom shop --- handcrafted the old fashioned way!  Classic X-bracing, old-school dovetail neck joint, animal glue.  The real thing!

                    Lightweight | Responsive | Warm | Loud | Amazing !

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Whittemore “Nazareth” Acoustic Guitar

I named my version of the revered Orchestra Model (OM) in honor of the famous Nazareth guitar builders.  My OM includes classic features like glue-in dovetail neck joint, hand tuned top and back, scalloped X-bracing, animal glue, and a very thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish, but includes a modern dome top and back construction which results in more volume and enhanced midrange while retaining the huge non-compressed dynamic range that is the hallmark of the OM body size.  You have to play these guitars to believe them!!   Make no mistake that this is not just a finger-style guitar.  It also flatpicks like a dream and is LOUD!


In addition to the standard specs listed below, the Nazareth model is available with Mahogany or Brazilian backs and sides, and with a variety of other top woods, including Sitka, German, and Adirondack spruce.


STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS (and see options below):

  1. BODY SIZE  |  Standard OM body dimensions and body depth

  2. TOP WOOD  |  Select aged bearclaw-figure sitka spruce

  3. TOP BRACING  |  Adirondack spruce, scalloped and tap tuned

  4. BACK AND SIDE WOOD  | Select aged East Indian Rosewood

  5. NECK  |  Genuine Honduran mahogany with modern 2-way truss rod, and mahogany head plate

  6. WIDTH AT NUT  |  1-3/4”

  7. FINGERBOARD  |  Ebony

  8. SCALE LENGTH  |  25.4” (Martin long scale)

  9. FRETWIRE  |  StewMac nickel silver, vintage style

  10. FINGERBOARD RADIUS AND MARKERS  |  16” radius; Dot markers on fingerboard surface; Dot side-markers

  11. TUNERS  |  Gotoh vintage-style open back tuners with metal buttons (better than Waverly in my opinion)

  12. FINISH  |  Clear nitrocellulose lacquer, hand polished to perfection

  13. CASE  |  SKB molded case (see Options page for other available cases)

  14. PRICE (with standard specs above)  |  $3,750


OPTIONS [upcharge]:

  1. OPTIONAL TOP WOOD  |  Sitka Spruce [no additional charge]; German spruce [add $250];  Adirondack Spruce [add $400]

  2. OPTIONAL BACK AND SIDES WOOD  |  Honduran Mahogony [no additional charge];  Brazilian Rosewood [add $3000]

  3. OPTIONAL INLAY  |  Mother of Pearl headstock inlay [add $100]  

  4. OPTIONAL FINGERBOARD WOODS  |  Indian or Honduran Rosewood [no additional charge]

  5. OPTIONAL FINGERBOARD RADII  |  12” or 9.5” [no additional charge]

  6. OPTIONAL FRETWIRE  |  Your choice of nickel silver fretwire [no additional charge]

  7. OPTIONAL TUNERS  |  Inquire

  8. OPTIONAL FINISHES  |  Sunburst: Add $450

  9. OPTIONAL CASES  |  See ORDERING page