Or know anything about them? I cannot find anything anywhere on this guitar maker...
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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.
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.
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.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?