The Potter nylon string is my favourite guitar. Designed from the ground up towards the end of my masters degree the intention was to create an instrument for fingerstyle folk and blues players that would combine the tone and clarity of a top classical guitar with the playing characteristics, projection and bass response of a large steel-strung guitar.
Unlike most guitars the cutaway was built into the design from the first draft, using an enlarged lower bout to compensate acoustically. The resulting large lower soundboard is managed by a bracing system informed by tried and tested classical guitar fan bracing patterns but incorporating elements of twenty-first century jumbo and dreadnaught X-bracing. The unique D bridge was designed to complement this system.
The resulting sound is a well-balanced and warm with strong low notes, clear, bright trebles and good projection.
Scale length 640mm, 14th fret body join.
Model shown English walnut with holly trim. Prices from £1975
The Potter Session was designed to get the maximum possible volume and projection from the smallest possible full sized guitar. The idea was to build an instrument that it would be easy to carry to a session or jam, or out and about that people would definitely hear you playing.
I currently make one or two of these a year and I’m still refining the design from one to the next, but when I’ve put the prototype in the hands of professional musicians the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
A compact 628mm scale and a 12th fret join steel strung guitar, with a comfortably proportioned chord playing neck and a powerful and distinctive tone complete a very player-friendly package.
Model shown English maple neck, Queensland silky oak with recycled walnut trim
Prices from £1675
Based on instruments made by several American manufacturers in the early 20th century the piccolo is a very genuine guitar, albeit a small one! It is designed to take normal light gauge guitar strings and is tuned to a pitch five steps above a full size guitar.
Although it is a similar size as a larger tenor ukulele the piccolo is built for steel strings, with modern X bracing and an adjustable truss rod it generates a good amount of volume and a surprisingly rich tone.
Model shown made from recycled mahogany and recycled Indian rosewood, with optional pyramid bridge.
Prices from £1250
I can also make guitars to a wide range of traditional and historic designs, with the European romantic period and the American guitars of the late 19th century being particular favourites.