"Charlton" parlour size guitar.
I was always being asked to build a small parlour guitar and, after finding some nice sets of spruce which were too small for classical guitars, decided the time had come and the "Charlton" was born.
The Charlton is a 12 fret to the body parlour-size guitar with an X braced top and a slotted headstock. The guitar is built using hide glue for improved tone. An original hand made rosette is unique to each guitar. Each guitar will have slightly different detailing to suit the rosette. The guitar is designed for use with light gauge strings and is optimised for fingerstyle playing, although it is used by musicians for all playing styles. This instrument is particularly suited to small rooms and also is a wonderful guitar for recording, having exactly the right balance between bass and treble.
The Charlton guitar in the pictures below has Bocote back and sides with ziricote rosette. The neck is a 5 piece structure of mahogany,walnut and maple. Tuner buttons and bridge pins are snakewood.
Selected spruce front with voiced X bracing
Bocote or Indian Rosewood back and sides
High gloss finish or oil finish
Ebony fingerboard and bridge
Ebony headplate with inlaid MOP logo
Bi-directional truss rod
Bone nut and saddle
Slotted head with gold or chrome Shaller Grand-tune tuners
Nut width 44,45,or 46 mm
String spread at saddle 58mm
Scale length 24.9"
Hiscox Pro2 hard case