Celtic mandolins, an Irish bouzouki, a guitar bouzouki….

Celtic mandolins, an Irish bouzouki, a guitar bouzouki….

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Blog

Celtic mandolins, an Irish bouzouki, a guitar bouzouki’s….     Lots of instruments back from the sprayers this week and more to come soon apparently. So hopefully there should be a few instruments going out the door soon and off to their new homes.   Not just mandolins but bouzouki’s too…         […]

Buying a tenor guitar – one man’s story…

Buying a tenor guitar – one man’s story…

Posted by on Feb 11, 2017 in Blog

Buying a tenor guitar…     In all the years I worked for Stefan Sobell we made one tenor guitar. I saw it for sale on a forum recently and it went for a very good price. But aye, we only made one in all those years, and that was it. These days I make quite […]

What’s on the bench? A new Model D

What’s on the bench? A new Model D

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Blog

New Forster Model D for 2017 With so much stuff still at the spray shop, I took a break from the order list to try a little experiment – and here it is:     This is my new Model D. It’s been ages since I made a D, and it’s one of my favourite models. […]

Guitar repair in Leipzig

Guitar repair in Leipzig

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Blog

Leipzig guitar repair     Repair is something I only did from time to time in England. Then, I kept the list of folk who I did repairs for short, just a few chaps who had good quality guitars who liked the work I did for them. Often they were customers who wanted set ups […]

What is the best DADGAD guitar? The Model C-HO

What is the best DADGAD guitar? The Model C-HO

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Blog

What’s the best guitar for DADGAD? – The Model C-HO   What is the best DADGAD guitar? Well, I’ve made a lot of guitars over the years and I think the best guitar for DADGAD looks something a bit like this:   Never mind what it looks like, what does it sound like? I sent […]

Super responsive guitar bodied octave mandolin!

Super responsive guitar bodied octave mandolin!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Blog

This is one very loud guitar bodied octave mandolin!   This guitar bodied octave mandolin was a commission from a chap in Ireland. I’m very happy with it – the first 22″ scale octave mandolin I’ve made with a guitar body. The tuning is standard OM  tuning – GDAE. Often these short scale instruments lack […]

Introducing the Session King advanced

Introducing the Session King advanced

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Blog

  Not so long ago I introduced the Session King – a range of instruments I designed with student and session players in mind, but two things have happened since I began making Session Kings. First, many of the folk who ordered Session Kings are not students and don’t play in sessions! They asked if they […]

New Celtic bouzouki on the bench

New Celtic bouzouki on the bench

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Blog

  A new variation on the Celtic bouzouki design: the back, sides are English sycamore (with a central piece of spalted birds eye maple)  the neck is laminated from American maple (much stronger than any European sycamore) the top is western red cedar. The binding is an engineered ebony substitute similar to Rocklite and the purflings […]

Ian Stephensn and his Model S on Vimeo

Ian Stephensn and his Model S on Vimeo

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Blog

Elsie’s Waltz. Composed Archie Dagg, performed by Ian Stephenson from Ian Stephenson on Vimeo.

New luthier ebook!

New luthier ebook!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Blog

For a year or so I published a blog for instrument makers called www.theluthierblog.com  I took most of the content down and turned it into an ebook which you can buy on this site if you click on the heading “books.” During this time I also wrote a guide for new makers and repairers (and […]