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Builder Profile: Ribbecke Guitars

December 21, 2010
Archtop fanatic Tom Ribbecke’s unflappable dedication and patience over the last 30 years led to what is arguably this generation’s biggest advance in archtop design—the Halfling. But he’s also changed the lives of the troubled teens he hires and mentors in his workshop. Just ask Oprah—she says his story belongs on prime-time TV.
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1949 Gibson Super 400 Serial #A-3309

November 16, 2010
A beautifully preserved example of Gibson''s high-end archtop
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Fusion Blues Jazzbox

October 20, 2010
An inexpensive, butt well-built, jazz box from China distributed by Switch Music
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1961 Gretsch Chet Atkins Hollowbody Model 6120 Serial #40749

October 20, 2010
1961 example includes ebony fretboard, Filter''Tron humbuckers, zero fret, and V-style Gretsch by Bigsby tailpiece
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Cobra Guitars

October 20, 2010
Relic''d classics from New York
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Artinger Custom Guitars

September 21, 2010
Custom archtops, hollowbodies, and solidbodies
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The Master's Chamber

August 17, 2010
Why hollow guitars sound the way they do.
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Reverend Pete Anderson Signature Electric Guitar Review

July 20, 2010
The Pete Anderson signature Reverend is a versatile, P-90-equipped hollowbody
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Normandy Guitars

July 20, 2010
Jim Normandy builds solidbodies and hollowbody guitars from aluminum.
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Video Review- Jens Ritter Princess Isabella Guitar

May 18, 2010
PG's Pat Smith walks us through his latest review in the June 2010 issue of Premier Guitar -- the Ritter Instruments Princess Isabella Baritone Jazz Guitar.

The Isabella is Jens Ritter's (renowned bass luthier) take on building a hollowbody-style guitar but with a solid body construction. It also uniquely thin as it only measures 1" thick. Also, it has a very different bridge design/construction, which Ritter describes as "the hand cast bridge foot is mounted into a small hollowed area carved into the body that exactly matches the contour of the bridge foot. The bridge foot is held in place by a friction setting and only makes contact with a 2mm thin elliptical contour ridge along the hollow area. Thus, most of the surface area on the interior side of the bridge foot and the bridge studs float in the hollow area."

The body is made from a very light swamp ash, the neck is switenia mahogany and the fingerboard is Bavarian maple. The tuners are Gotohs, the bridge is a Schaller and the pickup is a Haeussel Custom Fat-Jazz.

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