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Thomas Ribbecke Halfling Archtop Guitar Red Sunburst 2009

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Here’s a very unusual guitar, featured in the Red Collection at the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show – a Thomas Ribbecke Halfling archtop guitar. This guitar features a reverse-teardrop (perhaps shark-fin) body and a multi-scale fan fret fingerboard.

Thomas Ribbecke has been building and repairing guitars and basses in the San Francisco Bay area since 1974, and has earned a reputation for quality and innovation.

This 2009 Thomas Ribbecke Halfling archtop guitar was built especially for the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show, as an entry into the Red Collection grouping. It’s built with a carved Spruce top, carved Spalted Flame Maple back and matching sides, and Maple neck with an unbound Ebony fingerboard. The neck is a multi-scale with the center of its length being about 26 inches. There’s a large round soundhole on the top located on the upper bass bout next to the fingerboard and Bartolini pickup. Ebony is used for other components including the bridge, pickguard, tailpiece and truss rod cover. Mother of Pearl is used for the headstock Ribbecke and Halfling logos.

The idea of the Halfling concept is to deliver enhanced bass response with feedback rejection and tonal versatility. This guitar has a very promienent though not overwhelming bass presence, very audible to the player due to the sound hole location. It plays extremely well, and is in very clean condition.

The original custom fit, rectangular case is included. While the case doesn’t not have the metal corners and edges of a touring flight case, it’s about that size. The instrument inside is well protected.


Price: $18999.99 CAD
  • Model: Halfling
  • Year: 2009
  • Finish Faded Red Sunburst
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 510
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 05/07/2018

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Scale Length: 660mm 26in
  • Nut Width: 46mm 1.8in
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