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  1. Re: What are some good "Guitar Body Octave Mandolin makers out th

    I see this thread was started in 2012! But yes, I've been making guitar bodied OM and bouzouki for years.

    Flat top:

    http://youtu.be/m5Hurotz7Ko

    Cylinder top:
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    Re: Recent A model Mandolin

    Maple with a bone saddle.

    Nigel
    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/instruments/mandolin/
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    Re: Recent A model Mandolin

    If you send me an email via my website, I can send you the current price list. Link below, there is a contact form at the foot of every page.

    Availability - I make one batch of mandolins a year -...
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    Recent A model Mandolin

    Here is a recent A Model mandolin of mine - I don't make as many of these as I do my Celtic F mandolin, but they're really great.

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    Recent Session King tenor guitar

    Not posted any Session King photos of late - here is one due out the shop today - mahogany back and sides, torrefied sitka top, 22" scale, tuned GDAE.
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    Re: Parlour King 19" tenot

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrlpEYE1728

    Carving the 19" Parlour King tenor neck last week. The guitar is off to the spray shop now...

    Nigel
    www.nkforsterguitars.com
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    Re: tenor guitar strings for GDAE tunning

    Go fairly light for now -

    PL012
    NW017
    PB032
    PB042

    Nigel
    www.nkforsterguitars.com
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    Re: tenor guitar strings for GDAE tunning

    What scale length Rick?

    Nigel
    www.nkforsterguitars.com
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    Parlour King 19" tenot

    Been on with a pair of Parlour Kings' recently - the one relevant to this part of the forum is the guitar on the right. Its a cedrela and mahogany 4 string Parlour King tenor. 19" scale, with a flat...
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    Parlour King 8 string OM

    Been on with a pair of Parlour Kings' recently - the one relevant to this part of the forum is the guitar on the left. Its a torrefied sitka and mahogany 8 string Parlour King octave mandolin. 22"...
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    Re: Another from the 2020 crop

    The tailpiece is my own design - but obviously based on Stefans'. They are machined from brass by a very talented chap and I do the final shaping, polishing and lacquering. The tuners are Waverly,...
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    Another from the 2020 crop

    Another mandolin from the 2020 crop goes out this week. This one will live in England pretty soon. I think the new owner should be pretty happy with her...

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    Re: Sobell Banjola in the classifieds

    As far as I know, Martin has one, and loves it. We made it in the late 90s early 00s.

    We only made a few and I thought they were great.

    Nigel
    www.nkforsterguitars.com
  14. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    And no, I don't find having a wider saddle has any effect on tone. The difference is mass is negligable.
  15. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    Oh right. Wondered what he was on about!

    Its an idea I saw on a posh guitar by Tom Sands. Its very clever. Wish I'd thought of it. Guitar tops tend to pull forward over time, making the guitar...
  16. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    I didn't sell the instrument to Mark, Baron. It has had a couple of owners.

    I've no idea what happened to the bridge I supplied.
  17. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    Thats not the bridge I made for the instrument - so you'd have to ask the owner about that one.

    When I make a bouzouki or mandolin I always test out a couple of bridge options - usually an ebony...
  18. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/tenor-11-768x760.jpg

    So, the finishing is done and the satin nitro is cured. THe next step is to glue on the bridge and neck:
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    Re: New Parlour King tenor video up!

    The resonators tend to sound a bit too banjo like for my tastes. More quantity than quality.

    Yes, my aim was to make the best sounding, loud, simple tenor guitar I could. If it is simple, I can...
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    Re: New Parlour King tenor video up!

    None. The construction - the laminated sides, and the bracing are the same. The way the instrument works is the same. If there is any difference, it is the smaller tenor has slightly less bass, but...
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    New Parlour King tenor video up!

    Christian and Martin came down to see the the other week and we had a fine afternoon, lots of tunes, lots of tea and plenty of laughs.

    I got the video camera out and shot a few tunes. Here we go -...
  22. Thread: new website

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    new website

    Adam rhodes isn't just a great musician, he's also a talented web designer. He's just updated my website. Please take a look - the mandolin section has a few new images too.

    Best,

    Nigel
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  23. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    Latest updates - plentry of writing about it on the blog. Link at the bottom.

    There has been plenty going on - the body was sanded and grain filled, then sanded again. Then the neck was fretted,...
  24. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    John, I've a bit of an aversion to Facebook. I found it a bit addictive. So I'm not on it. But aye, if you're in the group it would great if you drew members attention to this thread.

    Ta.

    Nigel...
  25. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/23-4-20.jpg

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/23-4-20-3.jpg
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