Nigel Forster – guitar maker since 1988


My Grandfather taught me to play guitar when I was 13. Soon I became interested in how they were made. At 17, a teacher asked me what I’d like to do for a living, “make guitars” I said. He sent me to see a man who had been looking for an apprentice. He gave me a job. It was as easy as that.

Apart from two years (1990-1992), I trained under English guitar maker Stefan Sobell from 1988 until late 2003. We made a lot of fine instruments together.

My own business began in Newcastle, England in 2004.

Outside of instrument making, I’ve always had other interests. Much of my 20’s were spent playing in a band and practicing Aikido. In my 30’s it was yoga – very helpful after years of bending over a workbench. These days it’s a mix of yoga, meditation, and writing. In recent years I’ve also spent time in Asia, traveling and volunteering. Following a move to Leipzig, Germany in 2015, I’m back at the workbench most of the year.