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Peter Forrester
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Peter Forrester replied to Gavin Cawley's discussion Baroque guitar neck/body joint advice
"Not quite an answer to your question, but I'd recommend a wedge-shaped fingerboard, perhaps a couple of mm thicker at the nut than where it meets the soundboard.  I've measured this on a couple of originals - a Voboam, and one of the…"
Sep 20
Alexander Batov and Peter Forrester are now friends
Sep 14
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Sep 14
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Can anybody identify this instrument?

Probably painted in Rome in 1758 or 1764, by Pompeo Batoni. Portrait of John Brudenell, later Marquis of Monthermer who owned Boughton House, Kettering, Northants. Grand Tour? Not clear in this reproduction are 8 pegs, 4 courses (1+3X2), 10 frets.
Sep 14
Peter Forrester commented on Christopher Challen's photo

Pegs & Pins

"Love the stripes.  There are several odd pegs at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, including French baroque guitar. I identified some pieces of bone as wrest pins from a lyre or harp when my wife was a helper at an excavation at Castle Acre castle many…"
Jan 19
Peter Forrester commented on Jan van Cappelle's photo

Two renaissance guitars after Guillaume Morlaye

"Look good - although I doubt the authenticity of that saw! "
Jan 17
Peter Forrester replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Ideal String Length
"It is some time since I last made a guitar, and I am not a guitarist, but I think that some of the notes that I collected together as an article in FoMRHI Quarterly 48, July 1987- 17th c. Guitar Woodwork, p 47 - are still relevant.  My…"
Oct 31, 2014
Peter Forrester replied to Monica Hall's discussion Unidentified painting
"I couldn't find this image by googling Manfredi or Rombouts.  From Artothek's site I discovered that it is in Bayer: Staatsgemaidesammlungen (translation from German? somebody please!), and that they attribute it to Manfredi.…"
Oct 4, 2014
Peter Forrester replied to Monica Hall's discussion Unidentified painting of Biagio Marini?
"I ought to know this but don't, although I'm sure somebody else will also recognise the painting.  I found it on at least two Biagio Marini recording covers by googling, which may explain the attribution."
Sep 16, 2014
Peter Forrester replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Morlaye's Books
"Thank you Lisa!"
Jul 8, 2014
Peter Forrester replied to Edward C. Yong's discussion Morlaye's Books
"This could be useful, however the Chanterelle facsimile does have the (original?) owner's script list of contents before each title page - legible only partially to me, at least!  According to Jim Tyler's preface a complete list is in…"
Jul 6, 2014
Peter Forrester and Jelma van Amersfoort are now friends
Jun 26, 2014
Jelma van Amersfoort commented on Peter Forrester's photo

Francois Boucher," La Lecon", musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris.

"That is fascinating, Peter... it implies that (in that time in these circles) women and men guitarists would sound differently because they struck the string at a different point, because of the different playing positions! That never occurred to me…"
Jun 25, 2014
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Francois Boucher," La Lecon", musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris.

Seems to show two methods, male and female, of holding a guitar - a strap, and hung from a coat - presumably using back buttons and a string between them.
Jun 25, 2014
Peter Forrester replied to mike's discussion damage to romantic guitar from standing with a strap????
"On baroque guitars the back buttons are small and seem to be for a gut line between them, possibly with subsidiary loops, which could be hung from coat buttons. A 17th c. lute in the ex-V&A collection has such a loop (and it was present when…"
Jun 25, 2014
Peter Forrester replied to Bev Ross's discussion 10 pegs but 9 strings?
"I haven't been able to find a good picture of the nut, however there is another photo ("Guitares", Eurydice, Paris, 1980) which shows the top course single, remainder double. So probably just a string which has become misplaced at the…"
Apr 1, 2014

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Instrument maker and researcher since 1976. Special interests in early guitar, cittern, bandora, orpharion and varnishes.

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At 17:24 on September 26, 2012, Dave Christian-Clark said…

Hi Peter

I am selling my 1813 Josef Pages Guitar via Bonhams Auctions London

on 31st October 2012 if interested.

You can view it online by clicking on Bonhams 'Auctions' Fine Musical Intruments,lot 5.

Kind Regards

David CC

At 12:57 on August 30, 2011, Sean Noctor said…

I saw your pics, which drew my attention to you, I hope to make something from that period too but I'm gearing up to do some other projects first so it wont be till late next year before I look at anything else


At 12:25 on July 25, 2011, Akira Sakamoto said…

Hello, Peter,

thank you very much for accepting my request!  I feel honored to have the opportunity to own your marvellous renaissance guitar.  I know that a good instrument doesn't only sound good, but also teaches you how to play the instrument properly.  There is no doubt that your guitar is of that kind.  The absense of scalloped sides doesn't matter at all!

Best wishes,


At 22:55 on March 6, 2011, Scot Tremblay said…

Ah but you had an unfair advantage, you knew who the subject in the photo was.


Anyways, thanks for taking the time to reply Peter, it's good to have the one that knows clear things up.  I at first thought it was a cittern but decided against it because of the numbers of strings. Now I know ro look for other things as well.


At 9:54 on March 6, 2011, Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen said…
Thanks for that very fine answer.

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