“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 40th 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.
This guitar started with a hand selected incredible Italian Spruce top and Premier Michigan Birdseye maple sides and back, this 18 inch beauty blends in rare Curly Koa bindings on the top, back, fingerboard, S-Holes, and headstock. S-Holes provide exceptional projection and with Tom’s top and back archtop carve, the responsiveness is fast and bass was clear and balanced. The trim woods are incredible. The 12” radiused fingerboard makes use of Quilted Mahogany from “The Tree”. Tom’s necks are very nice to play and this Highly Figured Birdseye maple two-piece neck with a thin Ebony center is no exception. The Headstock Veneer, finger-rest, and tailpiece also utilize Quilted Mahogany from “The Tree”. The magnificent Headstock has a solid one-piece MOP Ribbecke logo, an abalam awabi spiral clock with silver hands crafted by the inlay master Larry Robinson (1,000,000th Martin). The fingerboard inlay details some of the highlights of Tom’s career showcasing the “Blue Guitar” and the RGC Halfling utilizing stabilized wood and Black MoP.
This inspirational guitar plays great and sounds Outstanding.
Tom’s Private Practice Guitars are now very limited and start at $30,000. Artistic Guitars can help you with the Archtop of your dreams from Tom.