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 […]

Great new Celtic music band – Ímar

Great new Celtic music band – Ímar

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Blog

Best Celtic music you’ll ever hear!   You know Adam Rhodes? You do, he plays with Barrule, and he plays one of my bouzoukis, and a guitar bouzouki? Well, him and Tom from Barrule have put a new band together and they’re brilliant! The line up is: Mohsen Amini (Concertina) Adam Brown (Bodhrán) Tomás Callister […]

Loudest acoustic guitar? Another Session King review

Loudest acoustic guitar? Another Session King review

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Blog

It’s loud. Did I mention it’s LOUD? Very loud. There is a forum called the AGF, and if you’re a follower of it you may have been watching a “build thread” featuring one of my Session King guitars. Well, the thread has been written by a chap in the UK who ordered a guitar from […]

NK Forster Guitars – Leipzig luthier

NK Forster Guitars – Leipzig luthier

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Blog

So, I’m finally in the new workshop. It took weeks to pack everything ready to go to Germany and I managed to get all three tons of it onto five pallets. A company came to pick it up telling me to expect it in Leipzig within 3-5 days. After  about 8 days I was starting […]