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About Ribbecke Guitars

Highly acclaimed luthier, Tom Ribbecke, has spent his long career perfecting his craft and pushing the limits of design. With the help of Bobby Vega, bassist extrodinaire, Tom developed a new instrument design. 

The heart of the design is an unusual soundboard in which the bass side is flat, like that of a Steel String, and the treble side is arched. He patented this new design, which he called the Halfling™, and decided to start Ribbecke Guitar Co. (RGC). This new company was founded to build high quality, made-in-the-USA, Halfling™ guitars and basses. 

The Halflings™ construction allows the instruments to offer increased versatility, enhanced bass response and more feedback suppression. It combines the best of both worlds for the contemporary guitarist whose literature now crosses over into both worlds. The guitars are capable of large full fundamental bass response with the ability to hear and distinguish all the notes of a complex chord when ringing together.

Although RGC is a separate company from Tom’s private practice he spends almost half of everyday here! He makes sure that we are striving for perfection in every instrument.

Tom also creates all of our new designs, working closely with Mike Gutsch, our Foreman, to put the designs into production. No instrument leaves our shop without his approval!


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