Early Guitars and Vihuela

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Peter Forrester
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  • United Kingdom
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Peter Forrester replied to Gavin Cawley's discussion Odd soundhole placement in renaissance guitars
"Apologies for quality - an (accidental) flash photo taken when the overmantel was in a very dark area of the, now destroyed, musical instrument collection of the V&A.  The overmantel is now more visible in the historical interiors section."
Oct 31
Peter Forrester replied to Gavin Cawley's discussion Odd soundhole placement in renaissance guitars
"You will know that there are many lute depictions which have similarly placed roses, and which are (almost!) all regarded as artists' error.  If it had been only the Dudley representation I think we could definitely have placed it in the…"
Oct 31
Peter Forrester left a comment for Bill Good
"Hi Bill,  I'll try to sort out some pictures for you and put them up - have been meaning to for ages.  It might actually be better if they went to the cittern site.  Being wire strung and with similar frets, bandoras can be…"
Oct 27
Peter Forrester and Bill Good are now friends
Oct 27
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
Alexander Batov commented on Peter Forrester's photo
Sep 14
Peter Forrester posted a photo

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

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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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