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

    Thats the body all ready for the soundboard...

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/irish-bouzouki-1.jpg

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

    The latest update:
    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/blog/irish-bouzouki-build-thread-the-back-goes-on/

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1-768x768.jpg
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  3. Re: Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    More Irish bouzouki action today -

    First, the wenge back is sanded inside -

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/back-2-1-rotated.jpeg

    That is now put aside. The...
  4. Re: Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/wenge-back-768x768.jpeg

    In the picture above you can see the back for this instrument its a lamination of wenge, cedar and mahogany....
  5. Build thread - Forster 8 string Irish bouzouki

    Happy new year to you all.

    After a week or so off Im back in the workshop and am starting the year with a build thread. So if you keep coming back, youll see this bouzouki going from bits of...
  6. Electric 10 string Octave mandolin/short scale cittern

    Just strung up this little beast for a chap in the US. Its a lefty, 10 string OM. The body is 1960s vintage Queensland red cedar, the neck is Cuban mahogany felled in the early 1900s.
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    Tenor guitar video playlist

    Was sorting through my Youtube videos and realised all sorts of videos were listed in the tenor guitar playlist. Well, its all sorted now, so follow the link below for half an hour of tenor guitar...
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    Luthier on Luthier podcast

    Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by American guitar maker Michael Bashkin for his "Luthier on luthier podcast." Which is hosted by The Fretboard Journal. Not much in the way of mando...
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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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    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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    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
  17. 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...
  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!

    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 -...
  21. 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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  22. 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,...
  23. 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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  24. Re: New Session King guitar-octave mandolin on the bench

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/fret-dots-1.jpg

    https://www.nkforsterguitars.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/fret-dots-2.jpg
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    Celtic lockdown!

    Just saw this video on Adam Rhodes' site:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz-J-6wMrNw

    Adam features about halfway through with his Forster guitar bouzouki Glad I could contribute.

    Great...
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