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2006 Ribbecke Monterey

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Serial#: 430, label dated: 10/06, Signed by the maker inside of back, August, 2006

Body size at lower bout: 17", Body Depth: 3 3/8" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 3/4"

Finish: Honeyburst, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved tap tuned Sitka spruce top; handcarved AAAA Bigleaf flame maple back and sides; 2 piece tiger maple neck with birdseye facing on back of peghead; solid ebony fingerboard; pearl and abalone headstock logo; deluxe 5-ply body, headstock, neck and soundhole binding; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Hardware includes 5 ply bound ebony finger rest; ebony tailpiece and tuner buttons; gold Schaller 16X1 tuners, compensated adjustable ebony bridge; Bartolini/Ribbecke floating PAF pickup with thumbwheel tone and volume controls and endpin jack.

Notes: Few have done more to further the craft of the modern archtop guitar than California luthier Tom Ribbecke. Since founding his first workshop in San Francisco in 1972, Tom has produced not only master quality instruments but master quality luthiers themselves, in workshops and videos that have made him a legend among builders worldwide. Now relocated to scenic Sonoma County, Ribbecke continues to produce hand built masterworks of stunning quality for a few lucky players each year.

This exquisite instrument is an example of his Monterey Model, and is constructed of bookmatched AAAA Bigleaf flame maple, hand carved solid Sitka spruce, and hand crafted ebony hardware. The 17" Venetian cutaway body is X-braced, tap tuned and finished in a lustrous sunburst, subtly shaded from rim to rim. The neck is carved of true tiger maple, and the instrument sports presentation grade appointments like the multi-ply birdseye maple headplate, and 5 ply binding extending even to the soundholes, which are streamlined in the classic D'Angelico art-deco style.

The neck is in a gentle D profile, with a generous 1 3/4" nut, and a solid feel reminiscent of the builders of the Golden Age. The voice is warm and woody, with an depth and resonance that translates smoothly through the pickup. Ribbecke's list is long, and his slots strictly limited, making his guitars a rare and welcome find on the vintage market. We are pleased to offer this outstanding creation in showroom condition. One only: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with phosphor bronze roundwound strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe arched plush lined hardshell case.
























































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