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Steve Toon Guitars - TIVOLI [Available on Order]

Tivoli Guitar

The Tivoli is the largest guitar I build at present. It is loosely based around an OM size guitar. The guitar is available in 2 versions:

  • Standard, with solid Sitka spruce front, rosewood back and sides and mahogany neck, optional cut away.
  • Double Top. This is with a Spruce front, having a Nomex core, double laminated solid sides and solid back with mahogany neck, optional cutaway.


Both versions have 14 frets to the body with an X braced top (the double top guitar has much lighter bracing) and a solid headstock. The double top construction is similar to my high end classical concert guitars but adapted specifically to suit steel strings. The guitar is available with or without a cutaway. (Please contact me for more information or questions regarding the Double Top guitar).

The neck is typically a 5-piece lamination for stiffness, along with a 2-way truss rod. It is shaped to a comfortable flattened C shape, but can be ordered to suit your own requirements. Different widths are also available to order.

An original hand made rosette is unique to each guitar. All Tivoli guitars will have slightly different detailing to suit the rosette. This means that no two guitars are the same. They are all unique and hand-made.

The Tivoli guitar has a balanced tone with good sustain and works well as a fingerstyle guitar but can be adapted to suit most playing styles.



  • Selected Sitka spruce front with voiced X bracing – or double top
  • Indian Rosewood back and sides – alternatives are Bocote, Ebony, Green Ebony
  • Ebony binding with coloured purfling to suit rosette
  • Handmade rosette
  • High gloss finish or oil finish
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Ebony headplate with inlaid MOP logo
  • Bi-directional truss rod
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Slotted head with gold or chrome Shaller Grand-tune tuners
  • Nut width 44 others to suit personal preference
  • String spread at saddle 58mm
  • Scale length 25.5" with or without zero fret
  • Hiscox Pro2 hard case


The Tivoli guitar in the pictures below has Green Ebony back and sides, and also shows a Bocote in the heel detail.

It is possible to have Gotoh tuners or Waverley, with buttons to suit the decoration of the guitar.


You can discover my interview in the blog of here:




I acquired my first guitar at the age of ten when my father found a broken one in a skip. Together we spent many hours repairing it, and since then I became captivated by its sound and intrigued by its construction.

I have been making guitars for more than 25 years and am fascinated by the process of turning beautiful wood into a living instrument of simple beauty which can produce versatile sound – whether aggressive and strong, powerful and passionate, or light and tender.

When I start a new guitar, I have an idea in my mind as to how the guitar will look and sound. I aim to make all my guitars respond individually to the player, and I select the wood very carefully, paying great attention to the soundboard and matching it with the most suitable sides and back. I use traditional methods and work almost entirely by hand.

My passion for making individual and distinctive guitars can best be summarised by Andres Segovia, the father of modern classical guitar playing, when he said:

“The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different colour, a different voice.”

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