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Kostal Guitars: The Magical MDW

From the very first moment Jason Kostal announced his newest model the MDW back in 2016, it was love at first sight for us all here at The North American Guitar.

An outstandingly beautiful, 12-fret shrunk down version of the classic modified dreadnought in Birds-Eye Maple and German Spruce, and inspired by the classic Stauffer Guitars of the 1800s we all know and love and a beautiful maple Somogyi Andamento, this model was unlike any other Kostal we had seen or heard before.
"This is the second guitar that I made where the entire guitar was redesigned from the ground up, however, this one was made as a collaboration between myself and UK fingerstyle player Michael Watts. It was an amazing project in which we both described what we wanted a guitar to do, and what we needed it to do, and then set out to create that. The result is probably my favourite guitar to date. The body size is slightly smaller than an OM and is essentially a scaled down version of the MD, adding to its comfort and playability. The 12 fret body joint adds a level of beauty, warmth and sustain that I have not really experienced in other guitars, and the overall size and look of it is elegant and classy in every way. This guitar was originally intended to be a “one off” and was renamed the MD-W for Modified Dreadnought – Watts, but I soon realized that MDW were Michael’s actual initials, and so the hyphen was removed, and my first signature model was created. This guitar has since become my most popular model with many clients that were already in my queue choosing to change their order to the MDW. With every new guitar, I am constantly reminded of just how capable this guitar is..." Jason Kostal.

From concept to completion the design was a close collaboration between fingerstyle sensation Michael Watts and Jason after they had both attending the Memphis Guitar Show. And here is our good friend Michael Watts talking about the birth of the MDW and the inspiration behind the design...

For more information on Michael's latest album & transcriptions please visit his wonderful new website:
The MDW is now one of Kostal Guitars most popular models and we saw a huge demand for them in 2017 in an incredible variety of woods configurations and customisations. Which is why this year we felt it would be incredibly exciting to bringing in the very first Kostal MDW in African Blackwood to the UK.
Kostal MDW Acoustic Guitar, African Blackwood & German Spruce

  • Model: MDW
  • Soundboard: German Spruce
  • Back & Sides: African Blackwood
  • End Graft: Decorative
  • Headcap Veneer: Two-Tone
  • Binding: Ebony
  • Cutaway: Florentine
  • Side Position Markers: Kostal Dots
  • Backstrip: Ebony
  • Bridge: Ebony Top bracing: Sitka Spruce
  • Back Braces: Mahogany
  • Rosette: Stained Glass
  • Back Headcap Veneer: Ebony
  • Fingerboard: Ebony w/ Ebony Binding
  • Body Joint: 14 Fret
  • Neck: 1 piece Honduran Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"
  • Pickguard: Clear
  • Fretwire: Medium Tall
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510 Cosmo Black/Ebony
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Custom
For more information on this stunning incoming Kostal MDW in African Blackwood and German Spruce please contact us on 0207 835 5597 or email
Have a wonderful weekend.
Until next week...

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