The Model S is a similar size to a traditional Martin OM or OOO, but with a tighter waist for a crisper sound. The design can be tweaked to suit your playing style – fingerstyle or plectrum.
The design has changed over the years. The first Model S was a budget model. You can see Ian Stephenson playing his original Model S in the video below. I liked the shape so much it became a fancier guitar.
The pair of guitars in the gallery below are twins – a Model S-SS and a Model S-HO made from identical woods – amazingly figured sapele back and sides, married to a pair of really nice Italian spruce soundboards.
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The Model S has unrivaled versatility. I have used it in every session I’ve ever played, it triumphs in every style including old-time jazz, pop rhythm overdubs and open-tune fingerstyle. I’d truly be lost without it.
- Tom Fletcher, England
- David Hartman, USA
To me, they continue to be an endless source of joy and inspiration. The workmanship is second to none. The sound is just breathtaking. Take my word for it. Clarity, separation, sustain to die for; the sweetest trebles you’ll ever hear, a midrange full of presence, and bass strings just as strong as necessary; the result is a well-balanced overall sound across the fingerboard. It just doesn’t get any better.
Like all true works of art, Nigel’s guitars are unique. You can’t really compare them to anything else out there. In my view, this sets Nigel apart from many other world-class luthiers many of whom sound somewhat similar. It seems that Nigel has never followed anyone else’s (not even Sobell’s) footsteps. He’s always been doing his own thing.
But most importantly: After all these years, I still get goosebumps when I pick the guitars up and play the first chords. No kidding. I can’t think of a better reason on which to base my recommendation of Nigel’s work to anyone seeking his life instrument.
- Alex Hanslik, Austria
Ian Stephenson, England
Gavin Davenport, England
It's my number 1 live and recording guitar. The tone and sustain are unique and the craftsmanship is top tier.
Martin Longstaff (The Lake Poets), England
MaterialSoundboard – mature seasoned European spruce or Western red cedar.
Back and sides – there are many options - mahogany, maple, figured mahogany, wenge, ziricote or figured bubinga.
Neck - New Guinea rosewood, American maple or upgrade with 1908 vintage Cuban mahogany
Fretboard - fine Sri Lanka ebony or ancient bog oak.
Bridge - rocklite ebano.
HardwareTuners - Gold Gotoh 510.
Frets - hand polished Evo gold frets.
Nut and saddle - hand polished bone.
Dimensionsbody width: 395mm 15 1/2″
depth -120mm 4 3/4"
nut - 44mm
bridge spacing -57mm
scale -24.75″ or custom