David Oddy is a Luthier master craftsman
I am very proud that I get to play a handmade sunburst Indian Rosewood Dreadnought David Oddy acoustic guitar everyday.
She is a thing of beauty; visually, ideally suited to my fingerstyle guitar technique and sounds sweet as a nut!
David Oddy and his son Nicholas have a new website and have kindly added me to their ‘Links to Our Friends’ page; I’m in good company with Show of Hands, Martyn Joseph, Flynn Cohen, John Williams, Mark Pidgeon, Ian Walker and Jamie Leigh Malin. Both Steve Knightley and Phil Beer in Show Of Hands are well known for their choice in David Oddy guitars, madolins, mandocello, a cuatro, parlour and other instrument requirements.
It was a great day back in 2004 when I headed down to Newton Abbot, Exeter, Devon, to meet David Oddy in his simple wooden workshop at the bottom of his garden. I have been writing some of my best songs on the David Oddy sunburst Dreadnought (S/No 0704374) ever since. It is such a beautiful guitar to play. In my opinion, when it comes to the choice of custom versus mass-produced acoustic guitars, I go for custom every time.
David Oddy arrowhead headstock and inlaid with abalone signature.
David Oddy has had a life-long passion for making acoustic instruments and is one of the best UK guitar-building talents.
Most of the acoustic guitars built by David Oddy are based on classic Martin shape and styles but David Oddy is well known for his own customisation of designs and features such as necks made from ﬁve-layer laminates of different woods, for greater neck strength and to enhance the aesthetics of the instrument. David Oddy mostly makes mandolins and guitars but has also turned his talent to making South American cuatros, violins, obscure 12-stringed Portuguese instruments and resonator guitars.