2018 Douglass Scott Classical Guitar

This is my new 2018 Douglass Scott Classical Guitar. He did a wonderful job on the guitar. It has a clear, elegant, and focused sound and I love the feel of the smaller scale length and body of the instrument. I’ve tried out many of his guitars before and knew that I had to put an order in last year. His guitars have a really great responsive ‘pop’ to the trebles all within a sweet and sustained sound. His unique bracing design and the small body on this one is surprisingly loud and projects very clearly but without the over the top mid-range that some doubletops produce (not all of course). I’ve tried many guitars lately but Scott guitars won me over! This will be my main instrument from now on and I’m very pleased with it. Since this is a small scale with a smaller body and other interesting features I thought I’d demo/review it for you. Maybe you just want to learn about new instruments or you’re interested in buying a Scott. Enjoy. YouTube Demo Link (4k): You switch to high HD by clicking the cog button while watching the video.

Luthier Website: scottclassicalguitars.com
Douglass Scott Guitars are based in Ladysmith, BC, Canada.

2018 Douglass Scott Classical Guitar

Note: I mention the nut width incorrectly in the video. The nut width is 50mm but the string spacing is 42mm.

  • 632mm scale length with smaller body
  • Elevated fingerboard, sound port with magnetic cover, armrest
  • Indian rosewood back and sides, Western red cedar soundboard
  • Spanish cedar neck, ebony fingerboard and arm rest
  • Gotoh 35AR510 tuners
  • Hiscox Artist Case (will be reviewed separately)

18 Comments

  1. Diana Marie Roesling

    What is the nut width, out of curiosity?

  2. With the shorter scale do you get enough string tension with regular guitar strings

  3. Beautiful guitar Brad. I hope it offers you years of enjoyment

  4. Beautiful guitar! I am a small person, too, and much prefer smaller guitars – much more comfortable to play and so they’re easier to play for longer periods. I’ll check out his website.
    Quick question: what are the advantages of a 12-hole bridge? I haven’t seen this before. Thanks!

  5. Hello Bradford, my guitar don’t has an armrest. I cannot find any info or comment on separate armrest to aplicate on a guitar curvature. Could you provide info and advicing on such a device? Thanks, Jos from Holland

  6. Can I purchase the music to the piece played after Lagrima, sounded like Renaissance or Baroque.

  7. You explained why sometimes you prefer to close the port. You have a beautiful “door” (that probably came with your new guitar?). Do you know if such a nice solution (magnet based or other) is offered somewhere. Or just from Douglass.

  8. I have an very similar guitar, Doug Scott 2018 #96, 650mm scale. Great guitar! I think they are Alessi tuners though. Do you over put the cover over the soundport? Why did you go with Cedar? i also have cedar and to me it’s warmer. Thanks for the great website and videos.

    • Yes, I always cover my soundport unless I’m playing chamber music or on stage where it’s hard to hear myself. I would love to have a spruce as well but I’ve stuck with cedar for the playability.

  9. Beautiful instrument! I am intrigued by your preferences – because, of course, we are all different. I have two wonderful guitars; one with a cedar top made by Shaun Newman in Devon, UK and one with a spruce top by O’Leary father and son in Ireland. Both have the same measurements : standard 650 length but with String width at nut: 47mm, String width at 12th: 55mm, String width at saddle: 63.5mm, Neck width at 12th…65mm. The extra width took all the tension out of my playing without in any way affecting stretches. Would never go back to conventional widths which for most lutentists are still based on Torres who was making instruments generally for smaller hands.

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