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For Sale: NK Forster Tenor Guitar FS - Banjo Killer on BHO

Posted By: usefultree (+1) | Rate Member
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$3,900 USD

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Forster Session King tenor guitar on offer. Base specs exactly the same as the one in the fabled Kimber video (a.k.a. "THAT video") ~ khaya b|s cedrela top, all that ~ with some upgrades and rare tweaks to the SK program ~ backstrap, side soundport, ebony fretboard, pick-stitch herringbone inlay at the rosette, and black tuner buttons. $3900 + shipping.

Finished and delivered November 2017 during Nigel's last Leipzig season, if you're really burning for that "Saxony" maker's mark. For US lookers this one's already pulled across the pond, customs and all.

24.75" scale length. I play in fiddle crosstunings GDGD, ADAD, GDAD, DDAD, etc., that I picked up as a frailer and sometime sawyer walking the Diller~Hammons line, more than CGDA and fifths tunings ~ and find this scale length quite optimal for the cause.

Re headstock veneer and backstrap, says the maker: "Apart from looking nice, it's the best insurance policy against a head snapping off you can get."

Soundport does what it does ~ projects the sound to the player so they're in on the sonics that usually are advantage audience.

It is an SK ~ the soak of the finish yields a more tactile wood texture than nitro would. This is hand-craft at its most maximal. Also has a magnetic truss rod access cover. Also dig the banjo-referent headstock shape. The neck shape reminds me of the Enochs and Chuck Lees I've played ~ exceedingly inviting and motivating expression.

Mint condition - basically new. Has about 12 hours time under the thumb since receipt. Environment vigilantly attended to during the winter.

I won't do the instrument any favors with the following, but here's a soundclip from yours truly

Conversely, the better angels of the SK tenor expressed, courtesy of Nigel and Tom Kimber

For a couple of years now Nigel has found great traction in the four-stringer he's calling a tenor guitar. More an evolution of his guitzouk design and its Celtic-player lineage ~ that fully realizes the sonic promise of those kits through simplifying them ~ than a direct descendant of a tenor guitar from, say, the 1920s. Excels strummed, particularly if your game is to churn reel and raga. As gobsmack as all his kits are, there's a teardown simplicity to the SK tenor that recommends it as a flagship piece. This is a true battleship (in the bantam-sized guitzouk-derived box), moreso than any namesake Dreadnought guit.

This isn't just a banjo killer. It smokes everything in the room. Though it looks somewhat familiar, retcons a line where tenors and bouzoukis converge - Nigel invented something wholly new whose potential, I think, is unexplored, and for which there is no competition yet - capable of raw power, lingering rake, sustain that could carry a payload out of the atmosphere. To paraphrase Marty Dibergi of This is Spinal Tap, it has a distinguised place in lutherie history as one of England's loudest instruments.

This is too much kit for me, and too deep on the bench from my everyday carries. I am entranced by its sustain, its potential to refract banjo tunes and tunings and hear new inflections to cross over to the banjo game ~ but alas lean more to the pure percussion of the 5string (wit: I'm also on the Buckeye and Romero build lists, and want to have my lamp trimmed and burning for the day my number comes up.

Crossposted on a couple of other instrument forums ~ and possibly marketplaces to follow. No trades, but thanks for asking.

$3900 yields an as-new mint NK Forster SK-tenor around ca. 2016 pricing, no wait list, no US inbound customs, and the considerable (for the SK line) custom options/upgrades. Buyer covers shipping - I'm open to any carrier (or if a buyer wants to put it on their own preferred carrier account) as long as the service selected gaurantees 3-day or swifter. Local pickup on offer for Washington DC area, and also Charleston SC if schedules overlap. Includes the Hiscox case, which unlike some of Nigel's other designs with their unique geometries, actually fits accurately in the case.



United States, DC, 20007


Buyer covers, openminded re carrier as long as it's 3-day guaranteed service or faster.

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Returns not accepted.

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Used - Mint Condition


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