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 […]

Two reasons to sign up to the NK Forster guitars newsletter…

Two reasons to sign up to the NK Forster guitars newsletter…

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Blog

NK Forster guitar for sale?   Why would you want to sign up to the NK Forster guitars newsletter? Because when something special comes up, the newsletter readers find out first. You might have noticed there hasn’t been much on the “Available Now” page for quite some time. That’s because when something has come up, […]

Trying to buy Tortis pickguards in Germany…

Trying to buy Tortis pickguards in Germany…

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Blog

Importing Tortis pickguards…     Necessity is the mother of invention apparently. Ever seen those Tortis pick guards? They’re really nice. American luthier John Greven started making them first, then someone else took the making over. In the past I’ve bought and fitted a few of them from LMI in the USA. They had trouble […]

New take on the Sobell guitar design?

New take on the Sobell guitar design?

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Blog

Taking another look at the Sobell guitar design…     When I opened my own shop over ten years ago the work I made was very much like what I’d been doing for Stefan Sobell. Of course it was, up until 2009 all my work was based on the Sobell guitar design. But around that […]

New Session King Gzouki

New Session King Gzouki

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Blog

New Session King Gzouki   It’s fun applying the Session King idea of “heavy body/light top” to the different instruments in the range. Last year, whilst still in Newcastle I made this – a Session King guitar bouzouki. Initially it was supposed to have a relic finish, but when most folk who ordered Session Kings […]

New Celtic F mandolin on the bench

New Celtic F mandolin on the bench

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog

New Celtic mandolin!     F holes in a Celtic mandolin? Are you sure? Why would you want a Celtic f mandolin? Well, some time ago I wrote a blog piece called “What is a Celtic mandolin” where I asked a few top players what they thought a “Celtic mandolin” was. I also included my […]