Instruments

Guitar Bouzouki

Guitar Bouzouki

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Tenor Guitar

Tenor Guitar

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Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

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Archtop

Archtop

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Irish Bouzouki

Irish Bouzouki

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Mandolin

Mandolin

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Now during Thanksgiving holidays 2017 are here I have to think of all that I’m grateful for. Have to say this year, Nigel Forster, easily comes up to the top of that list with the remarkable instrument he created for me, the 12 string Irish Bouzouki! He told me this was one of the most challenging instruments he ever made and without a doubt it’s one of the most amazing instruments I’ve played. One I’ve been dreaming of for the longest time. Thinking of it now as my right arm would be an equally good description. The look and tone are deliciously balanced and clear throughout acoustically. Also with the K&K system he beautifully installed for amplification, there’s an astounding wide dynamic range with a gorgeous tone leaping through all my electronics here, and it’s absolutely breathtaking! More so than any other instrument I’ve ever played plugged into all of that! It radiates tone! Yes! So for me I found a new soulmate with this instrument! Thanks Nigel, I’m very happy!

Stewart Daniels, USA

I’m a fan of Nigel’s work. I have 2 of his guitzoukis (22″ and 24″) and they’re both loud, clear, tonally rich and resonant and easy to play. I perform trad Irish music in my band Shameless Seamus and also use I with Midnight Oil. I took the Session King out on the road in 2017 and it delivered every night of our 77 date world tour. People were asking everywhere ‘what’s that 8 string that sounds so good’.

As for the man himself, Nigel’s not a bad bloke either once you get to know him and he makes wonderful instruments!

Jim Moginie, Australia

What can I say about Nigel’s instruments? They’re so good I have two, a standard bouzouki and a Howe Orme style Gazouki. Am I a lucky guy or what?? They just ooze quality, their tonality is incredible and they just seem to give and give no matter what the situation!! They have a rich acoustic sound, great for playing in noisy Irish Trad Sessions and brilliant for recording. The tone and response all the way up and down the fretboard is majestic. Nigel is a master craftsman and the standard of workmanship and artistry of his instruments is second to none. Would I ever replace them??? I doubt it……. unless it was for another Forster!!!!

John Ryan, Dublin, Ireland

I love the tone, volume and playability of my new tenor. Also she’s very easy on the eye and gets no end of admiring gazes and comments.

Bob Mark, England

This tenor is a joy, and every bit as versatile as I had hoped. Top-notch craftsmanship, and a beauty to behold – and more importantly to play. And a great balance tonally: warm bass, crisp middle and a singing top end, right up the neck – just what the doctor ordered. And what a doctor Nigel is! – the build was a pleasure from start to finish.

Ed Baden Powell, England

Soundboard Design

SK

SK

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SK Adv

SK Adv

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SS

SS

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HO

HO

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Whilst many makers tinker around with materials and bracing to shape an instruments “voice” all my guitars are braced for maximum output without compromising structure. Where they differ from one another, and how the “voicing” occurs is down to the physical shaping, or arching the soundboard is placed into. The “topography” if you will. A flat soundboard sounds very different from one which is curved – it has a different character and colour. And different curves have different sonic qualities. So I now offer four distinct designs – the SK, the SK Adv, the SS and the HO.

So a Model C with a “standard soundboard” is a Model C-SS, but a Model C with a “cylinder top” is a Model C-HO. A Model C with a flat top and satin finish is a C-SK. Likewise a Model S with a “cylinder top” is a S-HO, with a “flat top” it would be a Model S-SK. First comes the body shape (C, S or D) then the soundboard design – HO, SS or SK.