Ditson Style-11 inspired shop built 0-size, 12-fret in X-braced solid spruce/solid mahogany, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/8” string spacing, unique design with surprising richness


I was commissioned to build a Ditson-esque parlor as a special order and ended up adding one for the shop. The Oliver Ditson Company sold acoustic guitars including some built by the Martin at their Nazareth, PA factory. The most impressionable of these was the “peanut” shaped smallest size followed in size by the Style-11, which is parlor-size. The length and depth of Ditson body proportions might make a difference in tone but the fit, feel and looks of the guitar seem to make its unique design that much more special.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, X-braced solid spruce top in natural finish, mahogany sides and back in natural finish, mahogany neck with steel neck reinforcement added, MOP fretboard inlays, Golden Age tuning machines,”C” neck profile, Ebony fretboard with new frets, new ebony bridge, cream top binding, bone nut with unbleached bone saddle and pins. Nut width: hair over 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 3/8”, Scale length: 25”, Upper bout: 10”, Lower Bout: 12 3/4”, Body length: 19”, Widest body depth: 4”, Overall length: 38”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 15/16”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Shop built condition with fine repurposed solid woods and materials. Repurposed woods and vintage surfaces may have underlying scrapes and scratches, bumps and bruises. Neck depth might not favor less-than-average size hands.

SOUND: The body cavity of this design is longer and deeper than the average parlor from the early 20C. It delivers a nice full and resonant tone. Really shines as a fingerstyle guitar but transforms into a little “boomer” when flat picked. Setup can be adjusted to suit your playing style and most any alternate tunings.

PRICE: $999


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