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Nigel Forster
NKForster Guitars

Nigel Forster was born in 1970, in Hexham, Northumberland. After leaving school at 17, He began my apprentiship with well regarded luthier Stefan Sobell. He worked for Stefan until January 1990, then returned two years later and remained until November 2003.

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Training followed a traditional path – sweeping up, making tea, learning to sharpen tools, judging and selecting timber, making parts of the instrument, understanding how they went together and what role they played in the production of sound. As the years went by,the part Nigel played in building the instruments, gradually increased. The standards set by Stefan were demanding, and were constantly raised. It was a wonderful place to work, and they made some remarkable instruments.

Image: Nigel Foster Mandolins 3Nigel left the workshop in November 2003, and the following year began setting up my own shop in Newcastle upon Tyne. Which brings us to the present. He is building original instruments of his own design, with some superb timber.

The work has developed significantly in the last couple of years and players are beginning to really respond to the "Forster sound".  The key words are power, fullness and playability.

Nigel Forster Mandolins

Image: Nigel Foster Mandolins 5European Spruce with American maple. The design produces the warm woody bass of a traditional American Mandolin coupled with the strong treble of an English instrument - the perfect blend!

Materials
Top — European Spruce as STD. Adirondack Spruce or Curly Redwood options
Back and Sides — Figured Maple. Rosewoods available
Neck — 1908 Cuban Mahogany
Fingerboard and bridge — Ebony
Tuners — Gold Gotoh
Purfling — BWB or Herringbone or Slant Check
Binding — Rosewood BWB or Maple BWB
Nut and Saddle — Bone
Pickup —  Optional
Case — Fitted Calton or Eastman Fibre Glass

Dimensions
Body width — 255mm
Body length — 325mm
Depth at tail — 60mm
Nut width — 8st  36mm  10st  42mm
Scale length — 347mm

Source: http://www.nkforsterguitars.com
June, 2009