Mike Dawes’ main guitar is this signature model built by Andreas Cuntz. It features an Indian rosewood back and sides, 38-year-old sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard, Indian rosewood rosette, and quilted maple binding. There’s a 44 mm spacing at nut, 55 mm at bridge and Gotoh 510 tuners. Dawes strings up this guitar with a set of D’Addario Nickel Bronze strings (.013–.056). Throughout a show Dawes will tune on the fly to a variety of tunings.
Inside the guitar sits a DiMarzio Black Angel magnetic pickup, a Black Angel piezo, and a K&K Trinity mic and preamp, along with a Schatten Dualie soundboard transducer for his kick drum sound. All of the pickups are routed to a single 9V battery. The cabling is a bit complex. The guitar uses a custom DiMarzio-wired cable built by Eric Corpus. Inside the cable is a single mono line that carries the piezo and mic signals along with a stereo cable that mixes the kick drum and magnetic pickup. The magnetic pickup is wired to the tip of the output jack so Dawes can use the Tonewood amp when appropriate.