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Robert Ruck Classical Guitar, 2009

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Robert Ruck has built guitars as his full time profession since 1966, and has become a very highly respected luthier.   His guitars are very sought after and many other luthiers visit him to learn more about the higher levels of refined guitar construction. Most of his instruments are Classical designs built in the Spanish method, but he does also build Flamenco guitars. Mr. Ruck has a limited output, and his guitars do not change hands frequently.

Today we are looking at a 2009 Robert Ruck classical guitar, number 968, built using a Red Cedar top paired with an Indian Rosewood set for the back, sides, headplate and bridge. A pair of small sound ports were built into the upper bouts, beside the heel. The neck is Spanish Cedar with an elevated Ebony fingerboard. Scale length is a standard 650mm and the nut is a fairly wide 54mm.   The neck is attached in the Spanish method, meaning that the sides fit into slots cut in the ‘slipper foot’ heel.   The elevated fingerboard improves access to the upper frets.  

For hardware, the tuners are Reischel models in gold plate with ebony buttons, hand built and based on the Lanstorfer designs used by Herman Hauser decades ago. The nut and saddle are bone.

This guitar is finished in a clear gloss lacquer applied as French Polish. This light finish provides enough protection to the woods without restricting its resonance or vibration.

Overall this excellent instrument is in very good condition; it has been played as intended and French Polish is a minimal finish so it is easier to mark the surfaces. There is a light scuff on the back, close to the edge of the upper bass side bout and a few fingermarks on the top.

A black arched top and back TKL hardshell case is included.

Price: $12500.00 CAD
  • Model: Classical Guitar
  • Year: 2009
  • Finish Natural Gloss French Polish
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 968
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 12/12/2017

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITIES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Scale Length: 650mm 25.6in
  • Nut Width: 54mm 2.12in

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