“Each musical instrument tells a story,” says Ribbecke. “This is my gift, my mission in life: to create instruments that people will be playing 400 or 500 years from now.” “Ribbecke is a genius.” It wasn’t long before his ability to produce highly responsive, curvaceous instruments made him a rock star among luthiers. His famous Blue Mingione Guitar, was on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “His guitars are amazing sounding,” “They ring like grand pianos and are comfortable, like the love of your life. But they are also real art pieces, with amazing designs and a very personal aesthetic.”
This guitar was designed and created in conjunction with Tom Ribbecke and Larry Robinson celebrating Tom's 35th year of making exquisite guitars. Tom’s signature anniversary Guitars utilize rare and select Birdseye maple for the back and sides and include Anniversary inlay on the tailpiece cap. I’m proud of having had the opportunity to work with these two geniuses in the Architecture and realization of a special instrument.
“The Italian”, the only 35th anniversary guitar Tom made, with over 3 years in the making, brings out Tom's best spanning an incredible 35 years as a master luthier. With an Italian Spruce top and phenomenal premium Michigan birdseye maple sides and back, this instrument is painstakingly finished and hand-voiced to perfection. Inlay work by the master Larry Robinson (1,000,000th Martin) brings out Tuscan images of Italy with grape fingerboard inlays, and dramatic headstock and pickguard inlays. The color is a warm, golden amber bringing out the intense grain of the spruce and birdseye maple. Simply flawless.
This prized instrument comes with a Ribbecke spec'd custom wound Bartolini floating pickup and a white Calton HSC. Tom’s Private Practice Guitars are now very limited and start at $30,000.