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Tommy Alexander


From:
Friendswood, Texas 77546
Post Posted 13 Mar 2011 2:49 pm     Reply with quote

This is Gary's latest prodject. I tried to get the best shot I could to give this guitar the justice.
Thank the Good Lord it's in my den.
See for yourself and tell me what you think about it.









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Richard Sinkler


From:
Oakdale, California
Post Posted 13 Mar 2011 3:01 pm     Reply with quote

I think it would look much better in MY den. Laughing
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Benton Allen


From:
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA
Post Posted 13 Mar 2011 3:44 pm     Reply with quote

Pretty ax!

Are those pedal rods bowed (bent), or is it just my eyes continuing to go South on me?

Benton
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Tommy Alexander


From:
Friendswood, Texas 77546
Post Posted 13 Mar 2011 4:07 pm     Rittenberry Reply with quote

Benton,
no, the rods are not bent; what you are seeing is the showdow of the rods on the floor. And most likely, it's tha angle of the guitar.
Trust me, Gary would not, and I mean not, let that guitar go out of the Dallas show with the slighest defect.
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RC Antolina


From:
Dunkirk NY
Post Posted 13 Mar 2011 4:21 pm     Reply with quote

Some day before I go to my "reward", I'm gonna own me a Rittenbery.
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Carl Kilmer


From:
East Central, Illinois
Post Posted 13 Mar 2011 4:25 pm     Reply with quote

Tommy, That sure is a beauty. You're gonna love it.
Gary makes fantastic steels, and their all beautiful.
I can't wait to get my new Rittenberry next month. Very Happy
Wishing you years of enjoyment with it. Gary played it
for me, and I couldn't believe the sound he was able
to get out of it. Hope I get to hear you play it soon.
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Tommy Alexander


From:
Friendswood, Texas 77546
Post Posted 13 Mar 2011 4:26 pm     Rittenberry's Newest Reply with quote

I did not get a chance to talk about the wood lacquer guitar.
At any given time, there was always several people standing at the Rittenberry booth and looking at the guitar. Several of the other builders and many of the players, including Nashville's best spent some time looking this guitar over, and made great comments about it.
I personally spent three days in Gary's booth talking with players and many of them wanted to play on it, but we not able to because it was being displayed.
There was five Rittenberry's being shown, which four of them were on the stage at the same time.
After the show was over, we had dozens of people to come by the booth to talk about the Rittenberry PSG.
I am glad that I own two of them , one being the new Wood-lacquer guitar.
This is my personal statement; no one has enticed me to make this statement. I just finished playing this guitar for about an hour; could have stayed on it for the night, but the wife wouldn't let me.
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Bill Dobkins


From:
Rolla Missouri, USA
Post Posted 13 Mar 2011 5:47 pm     Reply with quote

Awesome axe.
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Bill Moore


From:
Manchester, Michigan
Post Posted 14 Mar 2011 6:40 am     Reply with quote

Wow! That's a beautiful guitar! Very Happy
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Stu Schulman


From:
Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 14 Mar 2011 10:38 am     Reply with quote

My-O-My!something in the camera is making things look like they are bent...not sure why?? Winking
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Tommy Alexander


From:
Friendswood, Texas 77546
Post Posted 14 Mar 2011 11:00 am     Rittenberry's Newest Reply with quote

Stu, If you look about three or four threads up, you will see what I am talking about.
What you seeing is the shadow of the rods on the floor; optical illusion...
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Bo Borland


From:
South Jersey -
Post Posted 14 Mar 2011 12:03 pm     Reply with quote

That is a beautiful Rittenberry..

The pedal rods on mine actually do have a bend in them.
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Stu Schulman


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Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 14 Mar 2011 3:36 pm     Reply with quote

Tommy...maybe but the outside leg looks bent and I don't see a shadow on that,I'm wondering if it's some kid of lenses distortion or maybe the photo was sized down?,I'm just an idiot making wild guesses,An incredibly beautiful guitar anyway you look at it! Winking
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Clete Ritta


From:
San Antonio, Texas
Post Posted 14 Mar 2011 11:55 pm     Reply with quote

The wall is just a bit distracting. Laughing
All those non-parallel vertical lines help foster the bent rod illusion. Shocked

But dang, that sure is a beauty! Cool
Stunning in fact.
Congrats!
Very Happy

Clete
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Jeremy Threlfall


From:
now in Western Australia
Post Posted 16 Mar 2011 4:19 am     Reply with quote

yep - mine had bends in them, slight bends - nice touch (and they are nice thick rods too)
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Wally Taylor


From:
Hardin, Kentucky, USA
Post Posted 16 Mar 2011 4:49 am     Reply with quote

That is a beautiful steel and I am sure it sounds every bit as good as it looks! Gary builds 'em right.
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Richard Sinkler


From:
Oakdale, California
Post Posted 16 Mar 2011 7:38 am     Reply with quote

My only comment about this guitar (other than above), is that I think I would have chosen a different inlay. The pure white inlay gets lost against the natural birdseye finish. I would have gone with one of the more colorful types of Abalone for some contrast. But that's just me. That is a beautiful guitar.
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Al Bettis


From:
Houston, Texas USA
Post Posted 23 Mar 2011 9:22 am     Reply with quote

That is one stunningly beautiful guitar, Tommy. I've been wanting to see one of Gary's new traditional laquer guitars, as opposed to the mica/maple veneer on the front panel. Is the underside flocked and if possible can you upload a photo?

Thanks for posting. Anywhere to find you playing in the Houston/Galveston area so we can hear it?
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Skip Cole


From:
North Mississippi
Post Posted 23 Mar 2011 10:19 pm     Reply with quote

The Rittenberrys i've heard on Youtube sound very good to great. I was very impressed when i heard Carl Kilmer's tone from his Ritt, and there was a Ritt listed f/s on the Forum that had a great tone , sorry i can't recall the former owners name, he also is a fine picker and demonstrated the tone on Youtube. Hope that my playing will improve since I bought my Ritt , could be one of the benefits to buying the Rittenberry. Keep up the good work Gary.
That's my unsolicited testimony.
Skip


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Tommy Alexander


From:
Friendswood, Texas 77546
Post Posted 24 Mar 2011 2:53 am     Rittenberry's Newest Reply with quote

Here are some things you have asked about.
We demostrated the thing about cabinet drop; well, there ain't any. We kept a tuner plugged in for the guys that are concerned about the drop. In order for you to see it, you'll have to look very close, because the needle will barely move.
As far as the underneath, Gary left all of the wood exposed for all to see. There is no lamanent; every piece is all wood.
Now for tone; I still have the bell tone, a nice bite to it, but has a nice mellow tone with plenty of sustain. The C6 is unbelieveable with a great bottom end.
The lacquer is flawless, no ripples and is smooth as glass.
When I called Gary, I told him that I wanted him to build an all wood guitar and he had been thinking about doing an all wood guitar, so I told him; let's build one and so he did.
I have no regrets with this guitar; we had a lot of players to come by and look it over, especially the Nashville players and several of the builders.
I was very glad to see this happen.
Well, this is my story and I'm stickin' to it.
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Steve Hotra


From:
Camas, Washington
Post Posted 24 Mar 2011 10:24 am     Reply with quote

Very nice!
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Carl Kilmer


From:
East Central, Illinois
Post Posted 24 Mar 2011 10:57 am     Reply with quote

Hey Skip,
I thought you knew how to spell my name by now. Laughing
Wait'll you see my next custom Ritt in about 3 weeks.
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Brandon Ordoyne


From:
Needville,Texas USA
Post Posted 25 Mar 2011 3:49 am     Reply with quote

I play my Ritt on all gigs! I have had it since March of 2009 and I have been very, VERY pleased! You can't go wrong with Gary Rittenberry! Smile

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Dennis Lee


From:
Forest Grove, Oregon, USA
Post Posted 25 Mar 2011 7:40 am     My Ritt! Reply with quote

I ain't sellin'! Beautiful guitar you have there. Another masterpiece. Who would expect less.
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Jody Cameron


From:
Angleton, TX,, USA
Post Posted 25 Mar 2011 11:06 am     Reply with quote

I had the pleasure of bringing Tommy and his new guitar home. I have a Ford Escape, and Tommy was in the back all the way home, snuggled up to his new Ritt in the case. He even had two pillows - one for the Ritt and one for himself! That was all fine and good, but when he took the guitar to the men's room with him at the truck stop, I started to worry a little. Laughing

Seriously, this is one really beautiful steel "in person", the pics don't do it justice.

JC
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