The Session King tenor guitar is regarded by many as the best handmade tenor guitar in the market today.

Traditionally, the tenor guitar and its longer scale counterpart, the plectrum guitar, have often been overlooked by luthiers. Many enthusiasts own vintage tenor guitars, only to find them lacking. Recognising the need for innovation in tenor guitar design, I embarked on a journey to redefine the instrument.

The handmade Session King tenor guitar has quickly garnered popularity among musicians. Choose from the basic model or choose from a long list of material upgrades allowing you to tailor your instrument to your preferences and budget.

Among the most sought-after enhancements is the torrefied sitka soundboard, offering a rich and nuanced tone unlike traditional cedrela soundboards. However, the cedrela option also boasts a distinctive raw sound that appeals to many.

Investing in a Session King tenor guitar means the search is over. They really are so much better than any vintage tenor guitars out there. Each instrument is handcrafted, ensuring superior quality and longevity. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or an aspiring enthusiast, the Session King’s exceptional tonal clarity, balanced resonance, and effortless playability make it the ideal choice for stage, the living room, the pub and studio.

Elevate your musical journey with a Session King tenor guitar today.

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Nigel made me a dream tenor guitar: wonderful tonewoods, amazing finish and that rare balance of clarity from the bottom to the very top. It's right up there with the very best of my vintage Martins and Gibsons, with a finer edge.

Ed Baden-Powell - England
The Session King holds its own easily with the banjo. In fact, while we were picking yesterday I had to hold back while playing backup as the tenor was overpowering the banjo. I've been thinking about what to compare the power of this guitar to. While playing two-finger backup chords, it's a bit like shooting a shotgun. The chords boom out with surprising authority. So, there's a learning curve to it. It's refreshing to play a tenor with power to spare.

Steve Wilke, USA
Nigel, I have had quite a few high quality guitars in my life, but yours is the most extraordinary sounding one I have ever owned. That is no exaggeration; it is simply magnificent. It was superb when I got it, and amazingly, sounds even better now. Plus, it has great action, first rate playability. Tell me the truth: Is this the best one of these four-stringers you have ever made? I wouldn’t be surprised.
I really can’t imagine how its sound could be improved upon.


Will Morgan, USA
Beautiful! I love the guitar; it is perfect for the cello music that I play. I've never heard a guitar like this before. When I close my eyes I think I'm hearing a harpsichord! Thanks for the great opportunity.


Pamela Davis, USA
"Nigel exhibits that dogged passion and perseverance that’s made him a master at his trade; perfect blend of engineer + artist. He took time to absorb all my requests and then gifted me with an instrument that blew past my expectations. Pinch me - I’m a lucky new owner of a Session King!"

Bob MacNeil, Canada
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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 - rocklite bound ebony or bog oak.

    Bridge - rocklite ebano
  • Hardware

    Tuners - Gotoh gold banjo tuners

    Frets - Evo gold hand polished frets

    Nut and saddle - hand polished bone.
  • Dimensions

    body width: 395mm 15 1/2″
    body depth - 110mm 3.9″
    scale - 24.75″ or 22" or custom
    nut - 32mm or custom
    tuning - GDAE, GDAD, ADAD or similar