Jimmy Foster’s Basin Street

Cliff playing a Foster Basin Street
Cliff playing a Foster Basin Street

Many years ago I was looking into finally buying a custom-made professional-quality instrument.  My guitar teacher at the time, Ron Eschete, was playing Benedetto guitars, and they were hopelessly out of my price range.  Ron suggested I reach out to Jimmy Foster because of the quality of the instruments he made, as well as the price range.

Ron owned a Foster guitar and he let me play it one day while I was at his home.  It was a well-made instrument that played like butter.  The neck wasn't too thick, as is often the case for me, and the body itself fit my build.  I was sold.

I reached out to Jimmy and ordered his Basin Street model with a few custom bells and whistles, such as the black machine heads rather than the gold.

When I got the instrument, I couldn't have been happier with it.  The sound was perfect, the craftsmanship was exquisite, and the price was very reasonable.  I still play this instrument today, and it still sounds as good as new.

Jimmy has now passed away, but his legacy continues.  If you're ever in the market for an excellent quality jazz guitar, you might want to consider hunting down a used Foster.  Be aware, though!  Jimmy was a huge advocate for playing 7-stringed instruments.  You might have to make the jump to this kind of guitar to play a Foster!  (You won't regret that decision.)

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