Having made many Session King tenor guitars, I decided to make a more traditionally sized tenor. In many respects, the Session King and Parlour King tenor guitars are very similar – the basic design – the flat soundboard, the thicknessing and bracing pattern are similar.  Even the shape – the PK-T is a narrow version of the SK-T

The Parlour King has a more traditional guitar headstock, with guitar tuners rather than the Session King banjo design.

Soundwise – the Parlour King being smaller has a little more focus but certainly packs a punch.

Order the stripped down basic model, which is hard to beat, or upgrade the materials for something a little more special.

If you’d like a handmade tenor guitar, and you want the best, get in touch through the contact form at the bottom of the page.




"The Parlour Tenor is gorgeous in every way. It has a beautiful tone and a huge range, from ringing trebles on top to an amazingly big low end for such a small body. The craftsmanship is a wonder to behold, the instrument is incredibly responsive, and it’s a joy to play. The Parlour Tenor - one of the best guitars of any kind I’ve ever played, and by far the best tenor. A real treasure. "

Taylor, New York, USA
"I'm extremely delighted with my parlour sized tenor guitar from Nigel. The workmanship and skill in making this instrument is no less than impeccable. The most unexpected surprise for me is the sheer power of sound that comes from such a wee instrument. The mahogany timber which I chose gives a warm and sweet sound. I just find immense joy noodling and performing on this beautiful instrument.”

Mel Tompkins, Victoria, Australia
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  • Material

    Soundboard - cedrela - a lightweight durable hardwood which has the appearance of a mahogany, yet a tone more like that of a thirty year old mahogany guitar.

    Many upgrades are available.

    Back and sides - mahogany, once again, many upgrades are possible.

    Neck - mahogany, Pacific maple, American maple or New Guinea rosewood.

    Fretboard - ebony or bog oak with rocklite binding.

    Bridge - rocklite ebano
  • Hardware

    Tuners -Chrome Gotoh 510

    Frets - Evo gold hand polished frets

    Nut and saddle - hand polished bone.
  • Dimensions

    body width: 330mm 13″
    body depth - 100mm 4.3″
    scale - 24.75″ or 22" or custom
    nut - 32mm or custom
    tuning - GDAE, GDAD, ADAD or similar