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 […]

Snaarmaarwaar pop ’round the workshop for some tunes

Snaarmaarwaar pop ’round the workshop for some tunes

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Blog

Snaarmaarwaar play some tunes at NK Forster guitars HQ!   The lads from Belgium band Snaarmaarwaar popped around last week for some tunes. The night previous they’d played a gig in Leipzig. They came around remarkably early for musicians. About half ten in the morning. Amazing. I’ve never met a musician at that time of […]

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. […]

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 […]