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My Nigel K Forster Session King is up for sale. I’m having a real clear out due to my current focus on nylon strings. I’m the first owner – I commissioned this from Nigel back in April 2015 after hearing the demo videos on YouTube. There’s a full AGF build thread for this guitar, unfortunately sans pictures due to the subsequent Photobucket debacle:
Skip to the end of the thread and you’ll find a few videos of me attempting to play it. You can read my very positive contemporaneous comments about the guitar there but, in summary, this has a thin lattice braced top with very stiff and heavy sides, aka Greg Smallman applied to steel-strings. The result is a very loud and responsive guitar with a lot of characteristics akin to a lattice braced classical.
Mine is an upgraded model with an ebony fretboard and spruce top; Nigels original spec was a mahogany top with rosewood fretboard. It also comes with a Hiscox Pro II case. Everything else is as per Nigel’s spec – Cuban mahogany back and sides and the super cool distressed finish.
Nigel is no longer making the Session King except as a tenor guitar. Originally intended as a more affordable way into his instruments, he told me that the hassle of making them etc. ultimately didn’t justify the asking price. Pity for us, but a man’s got to eat…
I’m looking for £1500, which is peanuts for a guitar from a luthier as well known and as capable as Nigel, but I need to move some guitars to make way for nylon strings. You can play this in St. Albans or London. PM me if interested.