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Gestalt OM Cutaway


By Watchful Guitars

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This is the second of my Gestalt series that had been in planning for me for six months. I am currently completing the finish on the next guitar after this, which has my own modified five-fan Bouchet-style bracing adapted for the cutaway soundhole as well as allowing for deeper bass response. That one should be completed in late May of 2022, and will also be featured here at The Luthier’s Showcase when it’s ready. I am completely happy with this new design, which features the cutaway and the soundhole all-in-one. It also features a small decorative port on the player’s side. This idea all began when someone said to me “I want you to make me a guitar with a cutaway” . . . and yet I’d never been completely happy myself playing guitars with traditional cutaways due to the reduced internal body size, as well as the reduced area of the top. To me, these two reductions had always resulted in a reduction in overall sound quality. This current design is my answer to these perceived shortcomings, and now I am presenting it to the world, and offering my guitars as an alternative with all of the sound and then some, as well as the convenience of access to the upper notes on the fretboard.


  • Top: Sitka Spruce with some nice bearclaw figuring
  • Back and Sides: Red Mulberry
  • Neck: Mahogany, with carbon fiber reinforcements on either side of the truss rod
  • Fretboard: Maylasian Blackwood
  • Nut and Saddle: Bone
  • Binding: Figured Koa
  • Purfling: Black/white (maple)/black
  • Headplate: Curly black Walnut
  • Bridge: Granadillo
  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh with Ebony buttons
  • Body Finish: Tru-oil, open-pore


  • Frets: 21 gold evo
  • Side Dots: Single at the 7th and 12th frets
  • Lower Bout Width: 15 1/4”
  • Body Depth: 4 7/64” at end wedge; 3 5/16” at the heel
  • Scale Length: 25.4”
  • Nut Width: 1 47/64”
  • String Spacing at Nut: 1 15/32”
  • String Spacing at Bridge: 2 25/128”
  • Case: Custom Ameritage

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