7-String Jazz Guitar stylist Taylor Roberts – who has both a featured interview and Desert Island Picks article – has recently acquired a most beautiful looking and sounding 7-string Monterey by custom Luthier Tom Ribbecke. Taylor was gracious enough to share with us a little about the guitar along with some gorgeous images. A Jazz Guitar Beauty indeed! Enjoy 🙂
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Tom Ribbecke had been on my radar for years. I’ve always admired his work, and had hoped to obtain one of his beautiful instruments someday. A mutual friend of ours (and incredible 7-string player), Ted Ludwig, facilitated our introduction via a 3-way phone call. I took some time making my decision, but after enough conversations with other Ribbecke players, and Tom himself, my mind was made up. I took the plunge. Tom spent nearly a year building my custom 7-string Monterey, meticulously studying my playing, and voicing the guitar accordingly.
The result? Quite possibly the finest instrument I’ve ever played. I spent no more than 30 minutes with it upon its delivery, and decided I’d take it out to my gig that night. I’m in love with this guitar, and couldn’t think of a better fit.
- Hand-carved European spruce top European
- Maple back and sides
- 25” scale 3” depth
- 17” lower bout
- “A” style sound holes
- Hand wound Kent Armstrong floating pickup
- 2 1/16” nut width
- Custom finish
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