Our guitars are traditionally built with bent sides, in the same way a traditional acoustic or classical guitar is built. Many semi acoustic guitars are created by routing out a cavity from a solid block. Oates guitars are traditionally built with bent sides and arched tops and backs. But it its not just the construction techniques that are old school, the use of traditional tools are a big part of the construction of these guitars too. In an age of mass-production with CNC and laser cutting robots, there are some things better crafted by hand.



After the sides have been bent, they have to be trued and squared using a very sharp plane.

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Center block

A center block of Northern White Cedar runs through the body and connects to the top and bottom at the neck, at the tail block and under the bridge. Strong, light weight and very resonant. Northern White Cedar is perfect for guitar construction. A center block is a common reinforcement inside many hollow-body guitars, but often they severely dampen the resonance of the top and bottom. Contact under the bridge is the only spot where the tops touch the block.




Kerfing made of mahogany is used to join the top and bottom to the sides. The center block is sculpted to make contact under the bridge, but allows maximum resonance. A deep neck pocket is routed into the center block before the top and back are attached.



Humbuckers are standard on this guitar. Built on PAF replica bobbins and frames using Alnico 2 magnets for the bridge pickup and Alnico 5 magnets for the neck, the windings use 42 gauge poly-coated copper wire, lightly scatted wound to 8K ohm impedance. Higher windings are available and P-90 versions of this guitar are available on request.


Neck Attachment

There are two options for neck attachment. Most people prefer a set neck for hollow-body guitars, but there some who like bolt-on necks for easy maintenance. The neck pocket for the bolt-on neck fits a Fender Telecaster exactly with the same hole spacing. The scale length for these guitars is 25.5”. The scale length for the set-neck guitars are 24.75”.


Hand signed, with serial number

This traditionally built small-bodied semi-acoustic jazz/blues guitar with its off-set profile, is a distillation of the best features taken from some of the most beloved hollow bodied guitars. Easy playing ability, full-bodied tonal qualities and classic feel and looks, have been refined to create a truly exceptional guitar.



4 ply tiger maple top and back with steam bent tiger maple sides. Maple center block that makes contact with the top at the neck, bridge and end-pin, on the topside only. Poplar kerfing.

Binding: Ivoroid celluloid, “rope” purfling of maple and fiber

Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer.



Material:    Honduras Mahogany or Tiger Maple

Neck profile:      Deep “C”.

Neck thickness at 12th fret:    1”

Neck thickness at 1st fret:      0.9”

Nut width:        1.685”

Fret board width at body:    2.25”

Nut material:     Aged bone.

Scale Length:     24.75” or 25.5”

Frets:      22 frets. Medium wide, Medium High 18% Nickel Silver.

Fret Board:   Indian Rosewood with ivoroid binding. 12” radius, lemon oil finish. clay dots, black side dots.

Truss rod:      Single action adjustable at the body. Fender style.

Headstock:  Claro walnut burl. Pearloid logo inlay.



Bridge:  Black wrap around. Or tail-piece and bridge assembly

Switch:  Short Switchcraft, with amber tip

Knobs:  Gold Top hats

Pick-guard:  Single ply, Black PVC, with wood and fiber purfling and Ivoroid celluloid binding.

Tuners:    Three on a plate, “Golden Age” engraved, nickel-plated brass. With steel nickel plated posts.



Pickups:     Hand-guided light scatter wound, 42 gauge poly coated copper wire. PAF style chassis. 8K ohm impedance. Neck Alnico 5 bar magnet. Bridge Alnico 2 bar magnet. Nickel plated covers over zebra bobbins.



1 Volume, 2 Tone. 500K ohm pots  .022uf orange drop tone caps.



Hard shell custom fitted case. Brown Ford faux leather vinyl exterior, red faux weasel fur interior.

String weight: 11