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Pre-Owned 2014 Tom Ribbecke Thin Line 17" Masters Series Jazz Guitar

SKU 80RIB000
Original price $ 13,500.00 - Original price $ 13,500.00
Original price
$ 13,500.00
$ 13,500.00 - $ 13,500.00
Current price $ 13,500.00

For those looking for an unique and incredible jazz guitar, this is one that's sure to grab attention:  a Tom Ribbecke Master Series Thin Line.   It's truly a work of art, plays like a dream, and of course sounds absolutely amazing.

Tom Ribbecke was born in Brookyln, New York Tom attended NYU Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communications and earned a BFA in Music and a BA in communications. He relocated to San Francisco in the early 70’s and opened his first lutherie shop in the Mission district.  He is one of the premier archtop builders in the world, with a considerable waiting list and many different models of guitars and basses employing carved top and back technology. He has a reputation for creating instruments that perfectly suit his clients needs.

In 2003, Tom invented the Halfling guitar. The patented design is a unique blend of the steel string acoustic guitar and the archtop guitar that offers versatility, enhanced bass response and feedback suppression not found in any other archtop guitar.  As one would expect these are superior instruments which have no compromises in playability, quality, craftsmanship and tone.

Tom continues to hand-craft truly exceptional museum quality archtops of exquisite design for which he is world famous in very limited numbers.

We just took this one in, and it's first Tom Ribbecke guitar we've had here - we couldn't be more impressed.  The guitar is in excellent condition, save for a few small nicks on the body (nothing major).  It's been setup to play perfectly by the techs in our shop, and if you have specfic string/steup requests, we will happily accommodate them at no charge.  The original softshell case is included, and is perfect for safe transportation to gigs.

This is a truly unique piece, one of the most unique we've had here.  Tom Ribbecke builds like this are hard to find, so don't let this one slip by!

Serial #1226 Sakura Sakura


  • Back and Sides: Cherry
  • Pickguard: Ebony
  • Soundboard: Western Red Cedar
  • Binding: Black ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
  • Internal Blocks: Mahogany
  • Lower Bout Width: 17”
  • Body Length: 19 1/2”
  • Side Thickness: 1 7/8”
  • Thickness from Back to Top of Bridge:  4 1/4”
  • Finish: Black Cherry, Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish


  • Headstock Face-plate: Ebony w/ MOP Inlaid Logo (Larry Robinson)
  • Truss Rod Cover: Ebony
  • Back plate: Cherry
  • Nut Material: Bone
  • Dimensions: Width Between Centers of 1 st & 6 th : 1 15/32”
  • Neck Binding: Black ABS w/ White pin Stripe
  • Scale Length: 25”
  • Neck: 3 Layer Maple or Mahogany
  • Black Veneer Accent Stripes
  • Dimensions: Width at Nut : 1 3/4”
  • Width at 5 th Fret : 1 31/32
  • Width at 12 th Fret : 1 25/32
  • Width at Body : 2 1/8
  • Profile : Round
  • Truss-Rod  Dual-action Allen Nut re-enforced with Two Carbon Fiber Rods
  • Fretboard: Ebony with 12.5’ Radius.
  • Fretwire: 18% Nickel/Silver Alloy
  • Dimensions: Crown Height: 0.037”
  • Crown Width: 0.08”

Hardware and Electronics

  • Tuning Machines: Gotoh 510 21:1 Ratio
  • Pickups: Kent Armstrong
  • Controls: One Volume, One Tone mounted under pickguard
  • Jack: End Pin Jack (Gold)
  • Bridge: Ebony floating bridge w/Adj Height Saddle
  • Dimensions: Width Between Centers of 1 st & 6th : 2 4/64”
  • Tailpiece: Ebony Trapeze Tailpiece
  • Strap Buttons: Back Mounted on body below neck heal.