David Berkowitz Acoustic Guitars

Berkowitz Guitars are designed and built by luthier David D. Berkowitz in his workshop in Washington, DC in the neighbourhood of Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. His stunning acoustic guitars are known for their clean lines and immaculate detailing but the voice is always his first concern.

David’s interest in building acoustic guitars started early, at the age of four. He was inspired by his discovery of the works of David Russell Young and Irving Sloane, both of whom wrote the early modern treatises on guitar making in the 1970s. In 1985, David attended Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie and continues his study of the acoustic guitar, most recently in a class with Master Luthier Ervin Somogyi.

He began building professionally in 1993. He is a member of the Guild of American Luthiers and ASIA – The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans. He is also widely known for his acoustic basses and baritone guitars. Players include Ani DiFranco, Mike Golay, John Jennings, acoustic guitarist and co-producer for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cathy Fink & Marcie Marxer.

  1. Berkowitz F6 Concert - Sitka & Padauk

    Berkowitz F6 Concert - Sitka & Padauk

    £5,595.00
     
    In stock
    Finance available (UK residents only) from £161.24 per month with 10% deposit


    Padauk is gaining in popularity and this beautiful guitar from David demonstrates why. The first thing that strikes me is a very deep and luxurious bass with fantastic resonance across the range. This is a big sound that is very rich and warm that responds well to a pick or the most delicate fingerstyle. It takes a very experienced luthier to achieve this level of warmth and resonance and have great definition and note separation. This is a wonderful and very versatile guitar.

    • Sitka top
    • Padauk back and sides
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 25.5” scale
    • 1.75” nut width
    • 2.25” string spacing at saddle
    • 15.5” lower bout
    • Mahogany neck
    • Abalone logo
    • Maple and bloodwood purfling
    • Bindings ebony with maple/black side purflings
    • Ebony headstock veneer
    • No position markers (with side dots)
    • Manzanita burl with maple and bloodwood rosette
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Ebony bridge
    • Gotoh 510 tuners
    • Black tuner buttons
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • No pickguard
    • Hoffee case

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  2. Berkowitz J6 - Cedar & Indian Rosewood - Manzer Wedge

    Berkowitz J6 - Cedar & Indian Rosewood - Manzer Wedge

    Out of stock

    Was £5795. Dusty Corner price £4495. A few light pick marks on the top.

    I’ve have never known a sixteen and a half inch guitar feel this comfortable, the Manzer wedge (originally designed by Linda Manzer) really works. This incredible guitar has jumbo power and depth but responds delightfully to the lightest touch, an unbeatable all-rounder.

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    • Cedar top
    • Indian rosewood back and sides
    • 25.5” scale
    • 1 ¾" nut width
    • 2 ¼" string spacing at saddle
    • 16 ½" lower bout
    • Ebony headstock veneer
    • Ebony bindings
    • Abalone rosette
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Ebony bridge
    • Abalone inlaid logo
    • Mother of pearl position markers
    • Gotoh super 510 tuners
    • Ebony tuner buttons
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • No pickguard
    • Hiscox case






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  3. Berkowitz F6 Concert - German Spruce & Ziricote (used)

    Berkowitz F6 Concert - German Spruce & Ziricote (used)

    Out of stock

    The spruce was harvested in Germany over thirty years ago, hence some darker graining near the centre. David says he chose this piece for its exceptional acoustic qualities, and it shows. It has an incredibly rich and balanced sound with amazing separation and clarity, the typical qualities of the best Ziricote and German spruce.

    • Over 30 year old German spruce top
    • Ziricote back and sides
    • 25.5” scale
    • 1 3/4" nut width
    • 2 ¼" string spacing at saddle
    • 15 ½" lower bout
    • Ebony headstock veneer
    • Ebony bindings
    • Wood/abalone rosette
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Ebony bridge
    • Abalone inlaid logo
    • No position markers
    • Gotoh super 510 tuners
    • Ebony tuner buttons
    • Ebony bridge pins
    • No pickguard
    • Calton case


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