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Has anyone heard of D.M. Waterman acoustic guitars?

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What I understand is as follows:

Duane Waterman is a luthier of long-standing, originally building in or around Kansas City Missouri , later Colorado Springs. On his own I believe he built mostly classical guitars. He then spent several years with Tacoma Guitars, doing design & development of their early models, such as the ThunderChief and the EM-9, as well as the Papoose and the Chief . He left Tacoma to head up LMI, a tonewood supply house. He is now in Tucson making Sonora guitars.
http://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=46463
http://www.dreamguitars.com/builder/216-waterman/
http://www.sonoraguitars.com/sonoraGuitars.html

The instruments I've read about that were labeled D.M. Waterman were from his earlier period. But I don't know when or if he stopped using that label.
 

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Thanks for the info. Yes, I have seen those websites, and even spoke with Duane about the particular guitar I was inquiring about. From the conversation I gathered that he is not the D.M. Waterman I was looking for, but I did take pics and will send to him for verification of whether or not he indeed built the guitar. I'll post the findings here.

What I understand is as follows:

Duane Waterman is a luthier of long-standing, originally building in or around Kansas City Missouri , later Colorado Springs. On his own I believe he built mostly classical guitars. He then spent several years with Tacoma Guitars, doing design & development of their early models, such as the ThunderChief and the EM-9, as well as the Papoose and the Chief . He left Tacoma to head up LMI, a tonewood supply house. He is now in Tucson making Sonora guitars.
http://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=46463
http://www.dreamguitars.com/builder/216-waterman/
http://www.sonoraguitars.com/sonoraGuitars.html

The instruments I've read about that were labeled D.M. Waterman were from his earlier period. But I don't know when or if he stopped using that label.
 
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Elsewhere on the 'net there was a guitar with label a small label inside that says "D.M. Waterman, Fine Guitars, Colorado Springs, Colorado" that was identified by a poster as having been built by Duane Waterman.

And a dulcimer labeled [only, I think] "D M Waterman". In this case, the purchaser actually spoke with Duane Waterman about it and confirmed that Duane built it when he lived in Missouri.

Yours, I can't say. But it strikes me that how many luthiers named D M Waterman can there be?
 

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Elsewhere on the 'net there was a guitar with label a small label inside that says "D.M. Waterman, Fine Guitars, Colorado Springs, Colorado" that was identified by a poster as having been built by Duane Waterman.

And a dulcimer labeled [only, I think] "D M Waterman". In this case, the purchaser actually spoke with Duane Waterman about it and confirmed that Duane built it when he lived in Missouri.

Yours, I can't say. But it strikes me that how many luthiers named D M Waterman can there be?
You are absolutely correct. I spoke with Duane again and sent him several pics of the guitar. It turns out that he did build the guitar sometime around 1975 and it was his 4th or 5th guitar. There is an inlay of a butterfly that was added to the pickguard by someone else, and that's why when I first spoke with him there was some confusion. Nice guy, sent pics of his more recent work. He said he has built around 200 now.

Interesting stuff!
 




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