Instruments available now

  • 1995 Brazilian rosewood Model 1A guitar

    Adam Bell is selling his Brazilian rosewood 1995 1A.  The Model 1A has the same length and width as the Model 1 but has a higher waist, giving a larger lower bout and smaller upper bout than the standard Model 1.

    Adam says:

    I am selling my 1995 Sobell Model 1A with German spruce top and nicely figured Brazilian rosewood back and sides.  I have owned this guitar from new and it has been only slightly used, so remains in fantastic condition.  It has never had a pickup fitted and comes with the original heavy duty Clark case.

    I am only selling this beautiful guitar because I have been focusing on the fiddle and mandolin in recent years.

    Please contact Adam Bell at or telephone 07879 475892 if you are interested. I am based in Essex, in south-east England.




  • Model cutaway and 10 string mandolin for sale

    Josie Davenport is selling her late husband’s Model 1 cutaway and ten string mandolin.

    Josie says:

    I am ready to find new owners for my late husbands beloved instruments that you made for him.  My late husband, Paul Davenport, bought a cutaway guitar in 2000 and a mandolin from you in 2001. He passed away in 2016. The instruments have been kept in conditioned space in my home in their cases. Thank you for so many years of beautiful music!

    Please put these beautiful instruments on your “available now” website.

    My name and address:
    Josie Davenport
    4123 NW 15th Street
    Gainesville, FL 32605   USA
    Telephone:  +1 352-514-5076          email:

    Today I have taken these photos:














  • German spruce and Brazilian r/wd New World Classic for sale

    This is my first New World Classic.  Built without my usual curved top but otherwise with the soundboard design I’ve developed over the last 17 years, I was looking a guitar with my sound but a little warmer. This model will be my New World Classic.

    I’m so happy with the result.  It occurred to me that when I played the unamplified UK folk clubs nearly fifty years ago, I would have loved this guitar.

    Jonny Moss has recorded a piece on this guitar, it can be heard at  It hadn’t been played much then, it has opened up a lot since.

    Built with aged German spruce, ancient Brazilian Blackwood, Indian ebony and Wengé, this is a special guitar.  The Brazilian rosewood back is featured in the article ‘Joining thicknessed backs’ towards the end of ‘Brazilian rosewood for sale’ .


    New World Classic Specifications

    Soundboard: German  spruce flat-top
    Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
    Neck: Wengé
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Bridge: Ebony with two piece bone saddle
    Binding: Black Rocklite with red/gold/green purfling
    Trim: Arrowhead with red line s/board surround
    Body Width: 402mm (15.8″)
    Body Length: 495mm (19.5”)
    Max body depth: 101mm (4.0”)
    F/b width at nut: 1.75″ (45 mm),
    Scale: 643mm (25.3”)
    Tuners: Gotoh 510 with black button



    The Brazilian rosewood is certified with UK CITES and certification comes with the guitar.  It can be sold quite legally anywhere in the world.

    For more information, email or telephone +44 (0) 12434 673567