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2012 Forster "Charlie" Carved Maple/European Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Forster
Product Year
2012
Model
Charlie
Serial #
n/a
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP1288
Condition
Virtually mint
Body Type(s)
Medium, Semi Hollow
Back & Sides
Maple
Top
Spruce - European
Neck Wood
Maple
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Side Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Body Bindings
Ebony
Tuners
Gotoh
Tuner Finish
Gold
Cutaway
Florentine
Pickguard
Ebony
Pickup
Kent Armstrong
Pickup (y/n)
Yes
Body Length
19.375 in
Upper Bout
11 in
Lower Bout
15.25 in
Body Depth Heel
2.625 in
Body Depth Tail
2.625 in
Scale Length
25 in
Scale Length (mm)
635 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.125 in
String Spacing (mm)
54 mm
Weight
5 lb. 6 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Access Stage 3
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Description

In Nigel Forster’s “modern classic” archtop stable, his Charlie model comes to us with carved Maple back and sides, carved European Spruce top, and an innovative “long neck” design that marries electric guitar sustain and playability with the resonance and dynamic range of an acoustic instrument. Here with a handmade Kent Armstrong AlNiCo III Jazz humbucker and old school paper-in-oil capacitor with volume and tone knobs recessed under the Ebony pickguard, compensated zero fret and saddle, and Maple neck, our 2012 Forster Charlie cuts a fine figure, and plays flawlessly and spot on all across the board. The neck is 1.75 inches at the nut, giving the left fingers a bit more room to stretch out, and the Armstrong humbucker is a powerhouse pickup for everything from Jazz to Blues, and even further afield.


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I have known Nigel for years, and he’s always been creative and innovative. This guitar is a great example. Part archtop, part semi-hollow, all Forster. This is a guitar that you will want to plug in, and when you do you're rewarded with a very versatile sound that can cover a lot of ground from jazz to pop and rock. Very easy to hold, easy to play, and certainly easy to look at.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.125 in
WOODS SPRUCE - EUROPEAN,
MAPLE

In Nigel Forster’s “modern classic” archtop stable, his Charlie model comes to us with carved Maple back and sides, carved European Spruce top, and an innovative “long neck” design that marries electric guitar sustain and playability with the resonance and dynamic range of an acoustic instrument. Here with a handmade Kent Armstrong AlNiCo III Jazz humbucker and old school paper-in-oil capacitor with volume and tone knobs recessed under the Ebony pickguard, compensated zero fret and saddle, and Maple neck, our 2012 Forster Charlie cuts a fine figure, and plays flawlessly and spot on all across the board.
 

I have known Nigel for years, and he’s always been creative and innovative. This guitar is a great example.
 
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