Steel String Acoustics

The Whittemore “Nazareth” model is a hand-crafted OM-style steel string built with a modern dome top and back construction —- accentuating volume, midrange, and versatility.  Traditional hand-fitted dovetail neck joint and animal glue result in a clarity and depth of tone second to none.   Put the Nazareth up against any other OM and you will not put it down.  Fantastic finger style or with a flatpick.

“Loud and detailed with a fantastic midrange.”

  • OM body size 
  • “Dome” body construction, with spherically-arched back and top yields more volume and enhanced midrange while retaining the warmth and detail of the OM.
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Genuine Honduran mahogany neck
  • 25.4 ” scale (Martin long scale)
  • Hand-fitted dovetail neck joint
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Fish glue used throughout
  • Ultra-thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish


Nazareth-R (East Indian Rosewood)

Nazareth-B (Brazilian Rosewood) – from my private reserve of 1980s vintage Brazilian.  Limited supply so don’t wait!

See Rosewood Specs


Nazareth-M (genuine Honduran mahogany)

See Mahogany Specs

Continuing Education

I went to Nazareth in 2017 to study briefly with Tim Teel, head of new guitar development at Martin. You should see Tim — 10 years on the Martin line — fit a neck!