Kostal MDW Cutaway, "The Tree" Figured Mahogany & German Spruce - Pre-Owned


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The MDW, a redesigned, smaller Modified Dreadnought featuring 12 frets to the body and a Florentine cutaway, has been a popular model for Jason Kostal since its introduction. This is what he has to say about the model:

"Kostal Guitar’s second complete redesign, the MDW is the result of a collaboration with fingerstyle musician 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 the guitar to meet those high expectations. The body is similar to a scaled down version of the MD, adding to its comfort and playability with total dimensions that make it only slightly smaller than the OM. The 12 fret body joint adds a level of beauty, warmth and sustain not experienced in other guitars, and the overall size and look is elegant in every way. The MDW has since become my most popular model, and with every new MDW I make, I am reminded of just how extraordinary this instrument is."

Utilizing his go-to soundboard wood of German spruce for the perfect blend of articulation, warmth and definition, Jason has crafted the back and sides of this special model from "The Tree" mahogany—absolutely exquisite in its figuring, and lush yet warm and focused in its tone.

  • Model/body: MDW
  • Top: German spruce
  • Back and sides: "The Tree" figured mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Bridge and pins: Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone, drop in
  • Binding: Ebony
  • Rosette: Stained glass
  • Headstock veneer: Two-tone
  • Brace pattern: Scalloped X
  • Scale length: 25"
  • Nut width: 1.75"
  • Serial number: 179
  • Year of build: 2021
  • Case: Hoffee Custom


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Kostal MDW Cutaway, "The Tree" Figured Mahogany & German Spruce - Pre-Owned
The scaled down modified dreadnought design of the MDW is appealing to any fans of OMs and fingerstyle-focused guitars
German spruce and "The Tree" mahogany are a perfect match, providing warmth, clear definition, and just the right amount of lush complexity
Ebony binding and Jason's proprietary stained glass rosette are the perfect finishing touches

This product listing was written by Kim. If you’d like to talk to Kim about this guitar, you can do so here:



Based in Phoenix, Arizona, luthier Jason Kostal set up independently following four years teaching at the prestigious Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, and an extended three-year apprenticeship with Ervin Somogyi.

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