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2014 Ribbecke Testadura MK - Make Us An Offer

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For your consideration, Garrett Park Guitars presents this 2014 Ribbecke Testadura MK.

This guitar is spectacular in every respect. Its beauty is only surpassed by its exceptional build quality, tone, and playability.

This guitar is a Masterpiece!


Spruce top

Rosewood back & Sides

Koa Binding

Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard

Duncan Antiquity pickups

Removable block to convert from semi-hollow to fully hollow

In mint condition with its original hardshell case.

About Tom Ribbecke

Tom Ribbecke was born in Brooklyn, 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 ’70s 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 client's 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 that have no compromises in playability, quality, craftsmanship, and tone.

There are now two distinctly separate entities Ribbecke Guitar Corporation (RGC) which produces the Halfling guitar and Halfling bass and Ribbecke Guitars, Tom’s private practice where he continues to hand-craft truly exceptional museum-quality archtops of exquisite design for which he is world-famous. 

Tight fiddleback Maple back, Indian Rosewood sides, and Sitka Spruce on top of this hollow body/semi-hollow (more on that duality later) guitar—done up in a striking blue hue that sets off the gold hardware and Koa bindings.

Single humbucker with volume and tone knobs built into the underside of the Ebony pickguard, upper bout soundhole, weighs in at 7lbs 5oz.

This 2014 Testadura MK features one of Tom’s unique additions to the electric world: an internal system to switch between a 330 and 335, or a hollow body and semi-hollow respectively. There’s a small block, shaped in a subtle wedge, that can be easily installed through the pickup cavity and a custom tool (we’ve got one here with the guitar, no worries) which pulls the block into place inside the guitar, effectively coupling the back and top and creating a semi-hollow.

  • Model: Testadura MK
  • Serial #: 732
  • Condition: Excellent, two small headstock dings, and one buckle mark on the back.
  • Body Type: Medium, Semi-Hollow, Hollow Body
  • Back & Sides Wood: Maple - Figured
  • Top Wood: Spruce - Sitka
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: C
  • Bridge: Gold Plated Adjustable Stop Tailpiece
  • Rosette: Ebony
  • Top Trim: Violin Lines
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fingerboard Bindings: Koa
  • Fret Markers: Dots
  • Frets to Body: 16
  • Headplate: Ebony
  • Headstock Bindings: Koa
  • Headstock Inlay: Builder Logo
  • Instrument Finish: Gloss
  • Body Bindings: Koa
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510 Mini
  • Tuner Finish: Gold with Ebony Buttons
  • Cutaway: Venetian
  • Pickguard: Ebony
  • Pickup: Humbucker
  • Body Length: 18.75 in
  • Upper Bout: 11.5 in
  • Lower Bout: 15.25 in
  • Body Depth Heel: 1.75 in
  • Body Depth Tail: 1.75 in
  • Scale Length: 24.625 in
  • Scale Length (mm): 625.5 mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75 in
  • Nut Width (mm): 44.5 mm
  • String Spacing: 2.125 in
  • String Spacing (mm): 54 mm
  • Instrument Weight Pounds & Ounces: 7 lb. 5 oz.
  • Case: Hardshell - Cedar Creek

Serial number-732

These are photos of the actual guitar, not stock photos.