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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    This years' batch got interrupted after the first two mandolins were made. I suddenly realised a chap had been waiting for his archtop guitar longer than he should, so I stopped work on the mandolins...
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    Re: A recent pair of tenor guitars

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0skuV-asojk


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ospSb4fj8cY


    Not the exact same instruments - I can't record them all, I'm too busy, but they sound pretty...
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    Re: A recent pair of tenor guitars

    You're too generous - I do it all on automatic settings on an old Panasonic camera and with the regular LED lights in our spare room. I realised I had to learn how to do it when I lived in Germany....
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    A recent pair of tenor guitars

    It's not possible to photograph every instrument I make, but I did have time to snap this pair. The Parlour King is headed to Melbourne, the Session King is bound for England. Both 22" scale, both...
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    Re: New prototype Celtic mandolin

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Small-Celtic-O-mandolin-3.jpg

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Small-Celtic-O-mandolin-4.jpg
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    Re: New prototype Celtic mandolin

    Here you go. Sorry, been very busy.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SmnOe6a888

    Nigel
    www.nkforsterguitars.com
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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    Not sure if facebook links work here... Work is underway on the 2021 batch. Here I am roughing out a neck on the spindle moulder.

    https://www.facebook.com/100051629051962/videos/338860671178232/
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    A few new Parlour King photos

    Strung up a pair of little Parlour King tenor guitars this week. Both heading to the US.

    One is a 22" Parlour King with a banjo head.
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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    Just posted a more in depth blog post about the many design variations I'm doing this year.

    Nigel

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/blog/celtic-mandolins-2021-batch-last-two-spots-available/
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    Re: 2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    There are only two spots left, so which two will it be?


    http://youtu.be/fgkabydSIOI

    Nigel
    www.nkforsterguitars.com
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    2021 batch of Forster mandolins

    This years' batch of mandolins will start in a few weeks.

    Lots of choices - most of you know my Big Celtic F model:
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    Re: New prototype Celtic mandolin

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Forster-Celtic-mandolin-1024x1024.jpg

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Celtic-mandolin-forster-1024x1024.jpg...
  13. Octave mandolin tuning and string gauges video

    A tool of reference for all those folk asking about octave mandolin string gauges and tunings. Its a little video featuring the recent Parlour King guitar shaped OM I made.

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    Guitar bodied OM

    Just finished and am about to deliver this lovely little Parlour King OM.

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Parlour-king-OM-7.jpg

    It was made for a Buddhist monk, an...
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    Re: Parlour King 19" tenot

    Its been ages since I started this instrument, but I've been slowed down by the weather of late - it's been very humid here in Queensland and that has prevented me gluing things together for weeks on...
  16. Re: Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    This will be the last part of the thread for a few weeks as the bouzouki is now at the spray job, just a few miles from my workshop.
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  17. Adam Rhodes playing a 10 string guitar bouzouki

    The 10 string that was stolen in 2018 was found last year. Because of lockdown its taken months to get the gzouk back to ship shape. Currently, she's being looked after by Adam Rhodes up in Glasgow....
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    Re: Guitar Body Octave Mandolin for Irish?

    Seems to me you may be over complicating things.

    How much sustain gets in the way is down to your technique and playing style rather than the instrument itself. This instrument has a lot of...
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    Re: Guitar Body Octave Mandolin for Irish?

    Most of the guitar-bodied 8 strings I've made have been long scale, but I've made a few OM's. Here is one from a few years back..


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxlD3KvGiNU

    Its also possible...
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    Re: High Quality Short Scale Tenor Guitar?

    21.5" or thereabouts is great for CGDA, and yes, I do make a lot of tenors these days. If you've not sat through them all, here is a playlist of my tenor and plectrum guitars on YouTube:

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  21. Re: Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    Ta Gary. I never thought of it like that. Its my version of Stefans' bouzouki neck joint which he came up with building dulcimers. Stefan used to make the neck and block separate and add them...
  22. Re: Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    Binding is the next job. These days I use the "superglue" method. It takes longer, but the results are great. But if you spill the stuff it makes such a mess hence everything is covered in protective...
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    Re: New prototype Celtic mandolin

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    The Celtic mandolin is coming along nicely. It seems so little compared to my old Celtic mandolins, but it's not- it's a regular Sobell size.

    The fretboard went on today, so...
  24. Re: Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    Latest update on the build thread - the top is on:

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/irish-bouzouki-600x762.jpg

    Info in the link below.

    Nigel...
  25. Re: Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    yes, of course, you'd have to.

    Its all a question of stiffness and mass. The carved arched back of a Gibson mandoin has no bracing, it doesn't need it. This heavily arched back doesn't need it...
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