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Anyone capo near the "dusty end"? How about a 16 frets to the body model?

This is my latest design - the NK Forster Model G-SS. It's a 16 frets to the body OM sized guitar. The soundboard is my SS type - based on the old Sobell design.





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Lovely, Nigel. Is it a longer scale/baritone model that you can capo at the second fret to make it a "regular" 14 fret guitar (tuned down one whole step)?
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I DIG it...! Lots of fun I'd imagine, gorgeous...
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Lovely, Nigel. Is it a longer scale/baritone model that you can capo at the second fret to make it a "regular" 14 fret guitar (tuned down one whole step)?
It's my regular 24.75" scale, but with the shoulders brought in to the 16th fret. But a long scale version would work too, just as you describe.

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Really cool idea Nigel. Love the shape of that guitar!
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Anyone know how to make this video work?

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I hope you mean this video.



That is such a cool concept. What do you think is compromised with a design like this? I have to say... the guitar in the video sounds phenomenal!
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I hope you mean this video.



That is such a cool concept. What do you think is compromised with a design like this? I have to say... the guitar in the video sounds phenomenal!
Yes, that one, thanks.

I don't think anything is compromised. I've used a similar design for years on my guitar bouzouki



and more recently with my tenor guitar.



All three use the same body mold. All that differs is the top former (flat for the tenor, cylinder for the guitar bouzouki and "Sobell-like" for this latest variation. It's a tried and tested design.

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Fantastic workmanship and quality of detail there Nigel.
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Really cool idea Nigel. Love the shape of that guitar!
You just start off with your regular 14 fret design.

The first time we did this 16 fret design was when I worked for Stefan Sobell in the 80s - Andy Irving wanted Stefan to make him a guitar body with 8 strings (guitar bouzouki) and he wanted to be able to capo high. We'd never made a cutaway at the time and weren't too sure how to do it! The problem was solved by leaving the bridge and the waist where they were and drawing the shoulders in to reveal a bit more neck. I love how it looks. I'm surprised it's taken me this long to apply the same idea to a 6 string...

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Another stunning guitar, sir! Design, appointments, craftsmanship, all of it is so cool. Thanks for posting.
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Default Beautiful Sound! What are the back and sides and Mic?

Absolutely beautiful tone on this guitar. My I inquire as to what the back and side wood is?
Also...What mics did you use for this recording...it is coming out crystal clear.
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Absolutely beautiful tone on this guitar. My I inquire as to what the back and side wood is?
Also...What mics did you use for this recording...it is coming out crystal clear.


The back and sides are bubinga, not that it makes ANY difference on my guitars. All you get is the sound from the soundboard. The back and sides (on my work) is decoration. No more, no less. I tell folk this, but they just don't believe me!

I've no idea what the mikes are, ask Ian who did the recording. There is a link under the video on YouTube.

What you have to keep in mind is my work has a totally different "voice" from what has become popular these days - the Somogyi sound. That sound is popular for good reason, I love it, but it's not the only "voice" out there. It would be fair to say I come from the "Sobell" school, not that there is such a thing. But that was my starting point - working for Stefan, for many years. And that Sobell sound is totally different from anything...everything else out there.

My guitars sound super clear, and as a result, really suit dropped tunings. They are also rather easy to record, that's two of the reasons Ian plays them. He does a lot of recording and he messes about with tunings and keys all the time.

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