Instruments available now

  • 1989/90 Model 1 Arch-top guitar

    Sam Lawrence is selling her late husband’s Sobell arch-top guitar.  Sam says:

    Model 1 Arch-top guitar

    My late husband bought this guitar directly from Stefan in 1989/90. It has Indian rosewood back and sides, a carved German spruce soundboard, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard and bridge and a brass tailpiece with built in pick-up.

    The guitar has rarely been played since 2008. Stefan saw the guitar in 2013 and confirmed it was in excellent condition and has had no repairs. There are two very small dings on the top, one below the sound hole (about 5mm square) and another tiny nick, barely visible (photos available).

    It comes in a good quality, strong, hard case. I am based in the South West, UK.





    This guitar is built on Stefan’s Model 1 body:

    Body width:  415 mm (16.3″)
    Body length:  490 mm (19.3″)
    Max body depth:  115 mm (4.5″)
    Nut width:  45 mm (1.77″)
    Scale 650 mm (25.6″)


    All Photos by Mike Searle


    I have a (very basic) sound recording available

    Telephone 07939 167526

    Sam Lawrence

  • Steinbeck S for immediate sale

    This guitar is now sold.

    I am now offering for sale the third of my Steinbeck S models, the S being a slightly slimmer version of my original Steinbeck.  This guitar is identical to the first Steinbeck S, which Martin Simpson has and plays in public.  He says of it:

    This is one of the best guitars a person could possibly own. I know – I own one and love playing it both at home and at gigs.  It is rich, fast, fluid, crisp, and clear, with perfect separation and a beautiful balance between bass and treble.
    And with a Highlander pickup fitted, the amplified sound is just amazing. The first time I plugged in my jaw nearly hit the floor.

    Martin Simpson

    This guitar is every bit as lovely looking and sounding as Martin’s.


    Figured Sitka spruce soundboard, ebony fingerboard and bridge

    Malaysian Blackwood back and sides, Wenge neck


    The back and sides are lovely Malaysian Blackwood and the soundboard is absolutely beautiful figured Sitka spruce.  The Neck is Wengé and the fingerboard and bridge are African ebony.

    The tuners are Gotoh 150s with black buttons; I believe these top of the range Gotohs to be the best tuners available. The trim is  black binding with red/green/gold purfling, now the Steinbeck and Steinbeck S dedicated trim.

    A Highlander pickup is not yet fitted, but the bridge is prepared to receive one if required; I can also fit a strap button to the heel.  A Hiscox Artist line case (in Ivory) is provided with the guitar.  It can be seen along with my dog Ben reflected in the guitar back.

    Malaysian Blackwood, unlike African Blackwood, is not a rosewood so can legally be shipped anywhere in the world without requiring certification.



    Soundboard:  Bearclaw Sitka spruce

    Back and sides:  Malaysian Blackwood

    Neck:  Wengé

    Fingerboard and bridge:  Ebony

    Saddle:  2 piece bone

    Binding:  Black + red/green/gold purfling

    Tuners:  Gotoh 510 with black buttons

    Body width: 16.3″ (415 mm)

    Max body depth:  4″ (101 mm)

    Pickup (optional):  Highlander


    For information and pricing on this guitar contact me at or telephone me at my workshop on +44 (0)1434 673567.  If you call and miss me, leave a message and I will get back to you.