Reward for stolen guitars

Reward for stolen guitars

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Blog

A reward for stolen instruments   There is a good chance whoever stole these instrument from the Hexham workshop will be wondering how on earth they are going to move them on for anything like what they are worth. So, I’d like to offer a reward for their safe return. How much depends on what […]

NK Forster Hexham workshop robbed – guitars stolen!

NK Forster Hexham workshop robbed – guitars stolen!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018 in Blog

Well, today I actually planned to send out a newsletter to tempt you all with a mandola that was made for a chap in the USA. Sadly, due to financial problems, the chap had to cancel his order. About an hour after I wrote the newsletter, I received a phone call from my pal Ralph […]

The guitar bouzouki: everything you need to know (updated 2018)

The guitar bouzouki: everything you need to know (updated 2018)

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Blog

The guitar bouzouki: everything you need to know (updated 2018)   Is it a guitar? Is it a bouzouki? No. It’s a guitar-bouzouki. Or a bouzouki guitar. Or a guzouki….It is said that there are no new ideas, only old ideas cobbled together. And there’s a fair amount of truth in that…the guitar bouzouki being […]

Handmade acoustic guitars – is cedar & mahogany the perfect combination?

Handmade acoustic guitars – is cedar & mahogany the perfect combination?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2018 in Blog

Handmade acoustic guitars – is cedar and mahogany the perfect combination? Well, is what is it about a handmade acoustic guitar with a cedar top and a mahogany back and sides? Why does that combination sound so special? For some, it’s the perfect tonewood combination regardless of who makes the guitar.  Is it the woods? […]

Session King Tenor guitar for sale

Session King Tenor guitar for sale

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Blog

Session King tenor guitar for sale!     This is one of the last Session King tenor guitars I made whilst in Germany. And she’s a beauty – a high gloss, Western red cedar and mahogany T-SKadv. Ebony fretboard, ebonised bridge, rocklite veneers and heel cap, Waverley tuners, bone nut and saddle. It’s not often an […]

The best guitar for DADGAD?

The best guitar for DADGAD?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in Blog

  About a year ago I put together an article for this blog. But never got around to publishing it. Hopefully, I shall in the new year. I asked a lot of great DADGAD players, some well known, some not so well known what they thought was the perfect guitar for DADGAD? Here is the […]

Why I don’t make sitka spruce guitars

Why I don’t make sitka spruce guitars

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Blog

Why I don’t make Sitka spruce guitars, and why I do make torrefied Sitka spruce guitars   What’s the difference between Sitka spruce and torrefied Sitka spruce? Well, quite a bit. One, I have no interest in using whilst the other is a first-class soundboard material for guitar making. There is a reason I don’t […]

Raising money for Beth’s cancer treatment

Raising money for Beth’s cancer treatment

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Blog

NK Forster Session King auction to raise money for cancer treatment.   The auction listing is over Someone whom I knew rather well in my 20’s has breast cancer. She has stage 4 breast cancer. Despite this, she is getting and responding well to treatment. The treatment she is getting is not available on the […]

Japan 2017

Japan 2017

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Blog

Japan 2017   Just got back from a very good and worthwhile guitar show. But I get a bit sick of writing about guitars sometimes. So here are some of the photos I’ve taken from this and previous trips to Japan.  

Session King guitar “suspension”

Session King guitar “suspension”

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Blog

  For years I’ve managed to keep the waiting list around 8-12 months long. But it’s shot up this last year to double that despite my work getting a bit more expensive. So, for the next year or so I’m not taking any more orders for the basic Session King Model C-SK, Model S-SK or […]