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Berkowitz Guitars

Washington, DC neighbourhood of Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. Berkowitz's interest in building guitars came early, at the age of four, and was fostered 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, Berkowitz attended the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie. Berkowitz continued his lutherie education on his own, attending seminars at the American School of Lutherie, and most recently with Master Luthier Ervin Somogyi. Berkowitz began building professionally in 1993 and continues to build fine acoustic guitars, baritones, and acoustic basses for the professional musician. Berkowitz is a member of the Guild of American Luthiers and ASIA – The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans.

  1. Berkowitz F6 Concert - Sitka & Padauk

    Berkowitz F6 Concert - Sitka & Padauk

    Out of stock


    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.

    Top - Sitka Spruce
    Back & sides - Paduak
    Neck - Mahogany
    Fretboard - Ebony
    Case - Hoffee moulded plastic hard case (white)

    Frets to the body - 14
    Scale length - 25.4"
    Neck profile - C/D
    Nut width - 45.3mm
    Nut spacing - 11.5mm
    Bridge spacing - 11.5mm
    Action fret 1 low E - 0.25mm
    Action fret 12 low E - 2.5mm
    Action fret 1 high E - 0.15mm
    Action fret 12 high E - 2mm
    Lower bout width - 15.5"
    Upper bout width - 11.42"
    Body depth at base - 4.13"

    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 bridge Gotoh 510 tuners - Black tuner buttons - Bone nut and saddle - Ebony bridge pins - No pickguard

    Berkowitz F6 Concert - Sitka & PadaukBerkowitz F6 Concert - Sitka & PadaukBerkowitz F6 Concert - Sitka & Padauk


  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






    Berkowitz J6 - Cedar & Indian Rosewood - Manzer WedgeBerkowitz J6 - Cedar & Indian Rosewood - Manzer WedgeBerkowitz J6 - Cedar & Indian Rosewood - Manzer Wedge


  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


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


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